PhD student

Nestle, KUL

email: Blandine.Barabe@rdls.nestle.com

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DiStruc project title: Percolation of rods in the presence of inclusions 

Supervisors: Deniz Gunes, Pavlik Lettinga, George Petekidis

I am a French materials science engineer. In 2012, after undergoing an intensive training in advanced physics, chemistry and maths, (preparatory class to Grandes Ecoles) I was admitted in Grenoble INP-Phelma engineering school. 

There, I studied physics, electronics, and materials, and specialized in functional materials engineering by joining the Erasmus Mundus FAME Master in 2013.
This gave me the opportunity to develop skills in characterization techniques, materials and surface science in two institutions: Grenoble INP Phelma(FR) and TU Darmstadt(DE), from which I now hold a double degree (Sept. 2015).

During my master projects, I specialized in soft matter research. For instance, I studied an original confined liquid crystal system, and the synthesis of hierarchically porous materials for water filtration. Such projects provided me with a work experience in both academic and industrial contexts, in the United States, Germany, and France.

I am now starting an experimental PhD in Nestlé’s Food structuring unit (CH, mentor: D. Gunes) in collaboration with Forschungzentrum Jülich ICS-3 soft matter group (DE, mentor: P. Lettinga). My contribution to DiStruc will be the investigation of yield stress fluids stability in presence of spherical inclusions. A model system valid for different categories of food products will be defined. Sedimentation of the inclusions in gel or paste like host media will be analysed.