Dr Daniel Curtis
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 295877
Room: Academic Office - C_203
Second Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Specialist Subjects: Rheometry, Haemorheology, Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow, NMR Diffusometry, Fractal Aggregation and Analysis, Fluorescence Microscopy.

Dr Curtis’ interests involve the development of advanced rheometry for the study of Complex Fluids.

His work on advanced manufacturing and healthcare applications involves techniques for studying fluid microstructural responses to flows under conditions of manufacturing process and clinical relevance.

His rheometric, imaging and molecular dynamics simulation studies of biopolymers have involved combined viscoelastic and spectral analysis of gel network development and have contributed to improved understanding of blood clot evolution.

He is also developing NMR and microrheometric methods for studying flow within soft solids and complex fluids.


  1. & Control of morphological and electrical properties of flexographic printed electronics through tailored ink rheology. Organic Electronics 73, 212-218.
  2. & Time-Resolved Mechanical Spectroscopy of Soft Materials via Optimally Windowed Chirps. Physical Review X 8(4)
  3. & Fourier Transform Controlled Stress Parallel Superposition (FT-CSPS): Validation and application in processing printable functional materials. Physics of Fluids 30(7), 077105
  4. & Formulation, characterisation and flexographic printing of novel Boger fluids to assess the effects of ink elasticity on print uniformity. Rheologica Acta
  5. & Linear rheology as a potential monitoring tool for sputum in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Biorheology, 1-14.

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  • EG-100 Chemical Process Principles

    The module provides basic intellectual tools for analysis and design of chemical (and biochemical) processes. The module will cover flows of material and energy to and from a variety of processes and production of complete mass and energy budgets and estimates of process efficiency. Some hazards related to release and exposure to flammable materials in relation to their properties (especially vapour pressure) will be covered. Only a basic level of chemical knowledge is required and the module is suitable for Process and Environmental Engineering students.

  • EG-3062 Process Equipment Design, Selection & Control

    Newly employed graduate process engineers need to be able to perform a wide range of fundamental process engineering calculations. The module will focus on aspects of process engineering design for the majority of equipment but will provide examples of detailed design and mechanical design in some cases. In all cases, industrial standards, best practice and safety will be at the heart of the design process to ensure the finalised designs will be reliable and robust, economically viable, safe and sustainable. The module will include topics such as pump selection, pressure relief calculations, line sizing, utilities, equipment specification including PFRs and stirred tanks in both batch and continuous operation. Heterogeneous systems, in particular, the inter-phase mass transfer of nearly insoluble gases. Heat transfer through jackets, coils, electrical heaters and direct steam injection. Sterilisation of gases. The module also builds upon topics covered in EG-206 (Instrumentation, Measurement and Control) to further develop students understanding of process automation with specific emphasis on the quantitative aspects of control.

  • EGA326 Chemical Engineering Design Project

    This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to working in a team environment on a major project.


  • Challenges in optical micro-rheometry for blood clot detection (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
    Other supervisor: Prof Kenith Meissner
    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams
  • ‘Detection of Exhaust Particulate Induced Blood Clotting Anomalies using Rheometric Techniques’ (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams
  • Identification of Micro- and Submicron-Plastics in Natural and Treated Waters (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarper Sarp
  • Rheological Characterisation of Vegetarian Gelling Systems (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Karl Hawkins