Marco Marengo

Prof, Director of the Advanced Engineering Centre, University of Brighton


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Research interests

My research is devoted to the science of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer for ground and space applications. The research activities have a large spectrum of applications, from energy to combustion, from electronic cooling to ice-mitigation techniques, including phase transition phenomena like in pool and flow boiling, icing, evaporation and condensation.

The research can be divided in five main branches

1  Physics of drop, sprays and liquid interfaces,

2  Phase change phenomena,

3  Heat pipes and passive thermal systems

4  DNS/VOF simulations of two-phase flows

5  Dynamic energy simulations of buildings

Particularly important are the works on drop-wall interaction, for which I have (I hope) an international reputation with more than two thousands citations.

In the last years, following a long industrial engagement in designing thermal systems, heat pipes (loop heat pipes and sintered heat pipes), I carried out a series of experiments on a specific passive two-phase thermal control system, called Pulsating Heat Pipe, which was characterized both on ground, in hypergravity and microgravity environments, such as during parabolic flights. I am currently leading an International Scientific Team of more than 10 Universities worldwide aiming at measuring the thermal performance of a Pulsating Heat Pipe on the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment is at the moment one of the three experiments in Europe selected for the new Thermal Platform on the EDR modulus of the ISS.

Finally, noteworthy is the fact that all the activities have been studied numerically and experimentally, trying to conjugate the experimental data with the detailed insights coming from numerical methods.

I am particularly interested in cogeneration systems and the exploitation of Energy+ energy simulations of commercial and residential buildings.

Scholarly biography

Professor Marco Marengo got a Master Degree in Physics cum laude at the University of Turin on Dynamical Systems. In 1993, started the Ph.D. studies at the Polytechnic of Milan. He was awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and by the EU Marie Curie Program to work in Germany, at the Institut of Fluidmechanics of Professor Durst in Erlangen.He continued his Ph.D. studies in Erlangen, becoming in 1996 university researcher by Prof. Tropea in the same University. In 1996 he got a Ph.D. in Energetics at the Polytechnic of Milan with a thesis about “Drop Impingement on Liquid Film”. In 1998 he was research assistant at the University of Darmstadt. From 1998 to 2002 he has been assistant professor of Thermal Physics at the University of Bergamo.

From 2002 to 2016 he has been Associate Professor of Thermal Physics at the University of Bergamo. In 2014 he was appointed as Full Professor in Thermal Engineering at the University of Brighton. He has been supervisor of more than ten Ph.D. students and more than 100 Master Degree Students. Reviewer for many Journals, among which “Experiment in Fluids”, “International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer”, "Physics of Fluids".  From 2003 to 2005 he was the University Responsible for the European Research. Since 2009 he is European Editor of the International Journal "Atomization & Sprays". Editorial Board member of "Heat Pipe Science and Technology" and other international journals. He is involved in one Topical Team of European Space Agency, he is leading the ESA PHP scientific team, he is active in ESA parabolic campaigns. Since 2005 visiting Professor at the University of Mons-Hainaut. He has founded two spin-off companies and he was involved in more than 30 industrial contracts. He published more than 300 scientific papers, among which more than 60 in peer-reviewed International Journals about liquid sprays, drop impact on solid dry and wetted surfaces, heat pipes, building physics.

Approach to teaching

Presently I teach a part of the course of fluid-dynamics at University of Brighton, but I have more than 15 years experience in teaching thermal physics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. I am also teaching various topics, from complex thermodynamics to two-phase heat transfer, to the PhD. and Master Degree students of the University of Mons in Belgium.

I studied Physics at the University of Turin for my M.Sc. Degree, and therefore I am still very interested in the mathematical foundation of the engineering, and I am trying to combine the specific and practical problems of engineering with a general approach, which can be rather useful to solve in future non-standard issues.

I always start my lectures looking at the practice and the applications, and then, using an inductive approach, I enter in the detail of the physical phenomena, and finally I address the mathematical description of the processes, the systems and the machines.

I try to be very passionate during my teaching, looking for a strong empathy with the students and raising interest on the topic. My teaching attitude is never neutral, and I hope it is inspiring and motivating.

Therefore I prefer to use many examples of real applications coming from the everyday life or industrial consultancies, even if this may be seen sometimes as detrimental for the precision and accuracy of the explanations.

I expect my students to understand that they can really design a system, starting from principia and equations. By equipping students with the techniques and skills that can help them improve as engineering and physicists, students see a perceptible difference in their approach in relation to the world beyond the classroom.

Supervisory Interests

My research is very broad and covers different aspects of Mechanical, Aerospace and even Building Engineering. Also, I am applying Engineering and Physics knowledge and skills to design medicine micro-devices. I have supervised over 25 students to completion of their PhD and am keen to supervise more students in the fields of multiphase flow physics, phase change physics (including boiling and condensation), thermal management and particularly heat pipe, energy management, drop and sprays, surface wettability, heat exchnagers, microfluidics, lab-on-chip design and modeling, energy saving in building. All these research streams can be open to experimental, numerical and mathematical analysis. In such sense, I am particulary interested in applicants interested in multiscale numerical simulations. 

External positions

Member of the Space Environment Advisory Committee , UK Space Agency

1 Jun 2018 → …

Visiting Professor, University of Toronto

15 Jun 201714 Aug 2017

Visiting Professor, York University Toronto

15 Jun 201714 Aug 2017

Senior Research Fellow, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon

1 Oct 2016 → …

Member of the Space Environment Working Group, UK Space Agency

1 Dec 201531 May 2018

Visiting Professor, Universite de Mons

1 Oct 200530 Jun 2019


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aerospace
  • Thermal Management
  • Energy
  • Liquid Atomization
  • Computer engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Liquid Sprays
  • Heat Pipes
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Microgravity
  • QC Physics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Applied physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Heat and Mass transfer
  • Wettability


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