Sébastien Michelin

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I am a Professor in the department of Mechanics and in the Hydrodynamics Lab (LadHyX) at Ecole polytechnique.

My research focuses on fluid dynamics, fluid-solid interactions and applied mathematics. I am interested in the physical and fundamental understanding of the coupling of hydrodynamics with other fields of physics and mechanics including elasticity or physical chemistry with applications on various problems such as synthetic and biological locomotion, active fluids, bubble and droplet dynamics, and flow energy harvesting.

My group develops reduced-order models for multi-physics problems involving fluid mechanics, fluid-solid dynamics, physical chemistry and thermodynamics using the tools of applied mathematics, numerical analysis and fluid mechanics.

To find out more about our research, please visit our research and publication sections.


LadHyX - Ecole polytechnique

91128 Palaiseau Cedex


Tel: (+33) 1 69 33 52 73

Fax: (+33) 1 69 33 52 92

@: sebastien.michelin@ladhyx.polytechnique.fr


LadHyX - Ecole Polytechnique

Palaiseau, France


The following positions are currently open. Other opportunities may become available in the future. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our group.

  1. -Postdoc position AVAILABLE NOW: One postdoctoral position is now open in our group on the modeling of catalytic particles and active suspensions. Interested candidates with a strong background in hydrodynamic theoretical modeling and/or soft matter should contact me as soon as possible. (More details here)

  1. -M1/M2 Internships AVAILABLE:

  2. Marangoni flows, instability and complex patterns at a free surface (.pdf)

  3. Leidenfrost droplets: spontaneous rotation and self-propulsion  (.pdf)

  4. Growth of a viscous microbubble near a chemically-active surface (.pdf)