Student were assigned to do a course project on a subject of their choosing. The only constraint was that the subject had to involve the theme of the course (surface tension). Students were encouraged to pursue a subject that is not closely related to their doctoral research.

The course project was worth 50% of the course grade: 30% of it being based on the final paper, 20% on a 15 minute final presentation.

Listed below are the titles of the twenty course projects done by the students in the class, categorized according to 5 themes.


Surface forces and the origin of life

Optimizing the shape of the hummingbird's tongue

Adhesion and de-adhesion mechanisms of the beetle

Biomimicry, and the Marangoni cocktail boat

Drops and Bubbles

Modeling cavitation damage from shock-induced bubble collapse

Application of cavitation bubbles to transdermal drug delivery

Drop rebound from textured superhydrophobic surfaces

Drop impact: splashing on smooth hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces

Capillary Instability

Slurping: Interfacial Instabilities in Narrow Tubes

The Break-up of a Fluid Jet in a Gaseous Cross-flow

Creating Drops by Cylinder Retraction

The role of surface tension in carbon dioxide sequestration

Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surfaces

Promoting Slip with Hydrophobically Modified Channels

Hysteresis and Contact Line Motion on Superhydrophobic Micro-textured Surfaces

From Coffee Rings to Self-assembled Nanoparticle Trees

Creating Micro-textured Surfaces via Solution Spraying

Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs

Modeling the Bouncing-Walking Transition for Drops Suspended on a Vibrating Fluid Bath

Wave-particle Coupling and Walking Droplets

The PDF of Walking Droplets

A Ferromagnetic-hydrodynamic Analog to Quantum Spin