Imperial College London

David N. Sibley

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Honorary Research Associate







ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Loughborough University, holding an honorary research associate position to continue collaboration with the Complex Multiphase Systems group lead by Professor Serafim Kalliadasis in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London where I was previously a postdoc. Prior to this, I completed my PhD under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Evans in the Mathematics department at the University of Bath.

My Loughborough University staff page is available here.

In my current research I am predominately interested in the fluid dynamical description of the motion of contact lines - the location at which two immiscible fluids and a solid substrate meet, and of modelling a variety of complex fluid properties and problems such as interfacial flows and non-Newtonian effects. I employ a variety of analytical and numerical methods, focussing on matched asymptotics, to study these phenomena.

I was formerly a "Postdoc Rep" for the Chemical Engineering department. For details see the Research Staff Page.


Dates Position
2015-present Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Loughborough University
2010-2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2006-2010 PhD Mathematics, University of Bath
2005-2006 MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics, University of Bath
2002-2005 BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Nottingham

Further details

More details about the Complex Multiphase Systems group are available, and further details relevant to me can be found on my personal page on the group site.

Google Scholar

My citations may be found at Google Scholar

Ph.D. Thesis

Sibley DN, Viscoelastic Flows of PTT Fluids. Supervisor: Evans JD. Mar 2010 (Publisher URL)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sibley DN, Nold A, Kalliadasis S, 2015, The asymptotics of the moving contact line: cracking an old nut, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:764, ISSN:1469-7645, Pages:445-462

Sibley DN, Nold A, Savva N, et al., 2014, A comparison of slip, disjoining pressure, and interface formation models for contact line motion through asymptotic analysis of thin two-dimensional droplet spreading, Journal of Engineering Mathematics

Sibley DN, Nold A, Kalliadasis S, 2013, Unifying binary fluid diffuse-interface models in the sharp-interface limit, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:736, Pages:5-43

Sibley DN, Nold A, Savva N, et al., 2013, The contact line behaviour of solid-liquid-gas diffuse-interface models, Physics of Fluids, Vol:25

Sibley DN, Nold A, Savva N, et al., 2013, On the moving contact line singularity: Asymptotics of a diffuse-interface model, European Physical Journal E, Vol:36

Sibley DN, Savva N, Kalliadasis S, 2012, Slip or not slip? A methodical examination of the interface formation model using two-dimensional droplet spreading on a horizontal planar substrate as a prototype system, Physics of Fluids, Vol:24

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