Mission of the Red Lotus Project

The Red Lotus Project is an informal interdisciplinary consortium of academic, industry and governmental stakeholders involving in surface engineering and its implications for heat transfer, sustainability and energy harvesting applications, among others.

"Red" denotes "heat" and "lotus" refers to the lotus leaf effect which is a metaphor for tuning the surface properties of a material to attain certain desirable physico-chemical or performance objectives.

The project participants organize regular video-conference events, lectures, minisymposia at international conferences, workshops,  summer schools and lecture series, and collaborative "sand-pit" events to foster interaction in this highly interdisciplinary area.

Imperial College contact: Darren Crowdy
Tufts University contact: Marc Hodes

"Red Lotus Project" Summer School:

As part of the Red Lotus Project initiative, Profs Darren Crowdy and Marc Hodes (Tufts) are organising a week-long lecture series entitled "Transport phenomena on textured surfaces: Fundamentals and Applications". This lecture course will take place Oct 12--16 2020 at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy. Full information, including a description of the lectures and invited lecturers, to follow.

COVID update: this event has been postponed until 2021. More details to follow.

Red Lotus minisymposium at ICIAM 2019

ICIAM 2019Red Lotus participants met in Valencia, Spain in July 2019 for a 2-part, 8-talk,
minisymposium (organized by Darren Crowdy) at the International Council for 
Industrial and Applied Mathematics 4-yearly conference.


“Red Lotus Project” Inaugural Workshop:

An interdisciplinary meeting on heat transfer effects in superhydrophobic surface theory and related areas.

Funded by the Royal Society


Date: November 1 & 2, 2016
Venue: Chicheley Hall, UK [Chicheley Rd, Newport Pagnell, Chicheley MK16 9JJ, United Kingdom]




Professor Darren Crowdy (Imperial College London, UK)
Professor Marc Hodes (Tufts University, USA)
Professor Demetrios Papageorgiou (Imperial College London, UK)


Superhydrophobic surfaces are ubiquitous in micro- and nano-fluidics; they are key to the realization of many technologies by reducing the high friction factors that occur when manipulating very small (often nanoliter) sized fluid volumes in micro/nano-devices. It is a hot topic area of research.

A sub-field, where experiment and theory lags, is the study of "heat transfer" effects on these surfaces. Yet this topic is of increasing importance for novel pumping, electronics cooling and other applications.

The main aim of this Royal Society International Scientific Seminar is to provide an opportunity for a group of 16 researchers including applied mathematicians, engineers and physicists invited by the workshop organizers to meet, interact, and learn about new challenges and sow the seeds for future interaction.




List of Abstracts


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