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. Morgan, M., Curtis, D., Deganello, D., Curtis, D. Control of morphological and electrical properties of flexographic printed electronics through tailored ink rheology Organic Electronics 73 212 218
  2. Geri, M., Keshavarz, B., Divoux, T., Clasen, C., Curtis, D., McKinley, G. Time-Resolved Mechanical Spectroscopy of Soft Materials via Optimally Windowed Chirps Physical Review X 8 4
  3. Nettle, C., Jenkins, L., Curtis, D., Badiei, N., Lewis, K., Williams, P., Daniels, D., Williams, R., Daniels, R., Lewis, K., Curtis, D. Linear rheology as a potential monitoring tool for sputum in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Biorheology 1 14
  4. Lamer, T., Thomas, B., Curtis, D., Badiei, N., Williams, P., Hawkins, K., Williams, R., Hawkins, K., Curtis, D. The application of large amplitude oscillatory stress in a study of fully formed fibrin clots Physics of Fluids 29 12 121606
  5. Burke, L., Mortimer, C., Curtis, D., Lewis, A., Williams, R., Hawkins, K., Maffeis, T., Wright, C., Wright, C. In-situ synthesis of magnetic iron-oxide nanoparticle-nanofibre composites using electrospinning Materials Science and Engineering: C 70 512 519

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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-339 Process Equipment Design

    The general aims of this module are to analyse manufacturing equipment and processes for the purpose of design and scale-up. 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. Areas of design considered will include strength of materials, mechanical design, specification of stirred tanks including aseptic/sterile equipment design for regulation and control of chemical and biological reactions. Heterogeneous systems, in particular, the inter-phase mass transfer of nearly insoluble gases. Heat transfer through jackets, coils, electrical heaters.


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

    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)

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

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

    Other supervisor: Prof Karl Hawkins

    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams