Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Associate







Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Jean-Paul is a Research Associate in the Fluids Section in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He has a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Structural Mechanics and Thermo-fluids (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Malta and a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Sapienza, University of Rome. He also has an Associateship of the London College of Music and Media (ALCM) with a Diploma in Pianoforte Theory and Performance.

Jean-Paul has previously worked as a Research Associate as part of a European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant at Sapienza, University of Rome in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and as part of a public-private research scholarship at the University of Padua in the Department of Industrial Engineering. He was involved in various ISCRA (Italian Super Computing Resource Allocation) and PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) projects. He has also been the Adjunct Lecturer for both Mechanics of Solids and Dynamics courses at Temple University (US, Philadelphia), Rome Campus before leaving Rome to join Imperial College London.

His research interests include:

- Multi-scale properties of turbulent/non-turbulent interfaces in plumes and jets

- Particle/bubble transport in turbulent flow and in complex geometries

- Turbulence dynamics and associated energy mechanisms in separated flows

- Superhydrophobic surfaces and their effect on drag and turbulent flow characteristics

A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Battista F, Mollicone J-P, Gualtieri P, et al., 2019, Exact regularised point particle (ERPP) method for particle-laden wall-bounded flows in the two-way coupling regime, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:878, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:420-444

Mollicone J-P, Sharifi M, Battista F, et al., 2019, Particles in turbulent separated flow over a bump: Effect of the Stokes number and lift force, Physics of Fluids, Vol:31, ISSN:1070-6631

Mollicone J-P, Battista F, Gualtieri P, et al., 2018, Turbulence dynamics in separated flows: thegeneralised Kolmogorov equation for inhomogeneous anisotropic conditions, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:841, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:1012-1039

Mollicone J-P, Battista F, Gualtieri P, et al., 2017, Effect of geometry and Reynolds number on the turbulent separated flow behind a bulge in a channel, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:823, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:100-133

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