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Dr Sergii Veremieiev, MPhys, PhD, FHEA

Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44287
Room number: E323 (Floor 3.5 Christopherson)

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Sergii Veremieiev obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees, both in Physics, from Donetsk National University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Then he moved to the UK to undertake a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Leeds under the EST Marie Curie Research Programme. Upon completion of his PhD in 2011, he took up a research fellow position in Leeds to work in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics. Late in 2013 he joined Liverpool John Moores University to work as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. In January 2015 he started a Lectureship at the Department of Engineering of Durham University.

Research Interests

• Fluid mechanics modelling
• Free-surface and multiphase flows
• Flows with moving contact lines
• Capillary flows and wetting
• Hydrodynamic stability
• Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Numerical analysis: finite difference, finite volume, finite element methods
• Partial differential equation solvers: multigrid, multifrontal, generalised minimal residual methods
• Parallel Processing and High Performance Computing

Positions Available

PhD applications can be made directly online designated for the attention of Dr S. Veremieiev. An enquiry or an expression of interest in existing or proposed research project can be sent over email.

Research Projects

• Flows of droplets on solid surfaces [Experiments: Podgorski et al, Phys. Rev. Let., 2001; Modelling: Veremieiev et al, Interf. Phenom. Heat Tran. 2014]
• Formation of rivulet instability on solid surfaces [Experiments: F.G. Johnson et all, J. Fluid Mech, 1999; Modelling: D. Slade, PhD thesis, University of Leeds, 2013]
• Crown formation on droplets splashing liquids [Experiments: Vander Wal et al, Experiments in Fluids, 2006; Modelling: Robert Battrum, MEng Final Year Report, Durham University, 2017]
• Capillary instabilities in thin film flows [Experiments: Lloyd von Morgen, MEng Final Year Report, Durham University, 2017]

Past PhD Students

• Florian Marner. Potential-based formulations of the Navier-Stokes equations and their application. PhD thesis, Durham University, p 366, 2019.
• Ayad Abdalla. Bilayer channel and free-surface thin film flow over topography. PhD thesis, University of Leeds, p. 261, 2014.
• David Slade. Gravity-driven thin liquid films: rivulets and flow dynamics. PhD thesis, University of Leeds, p. 251, 2013.

Teaching Commitments

ENGI1171 L1 Design Practicals
ENGI2231 L2 Fluid Mechanics
ENGI3291 L3 Nuclear Engineering
ENGI3291 L3 CFD Analysis Coursework
ENGI4497 and ENGI44H10 L4 / MSc Thermal Renewables


C++/MPI Free-Surface Solver. Code for numerical simulation of free surface flows using built-in multigrid and/or external solver libraries. Please contact me if you would like to have a copy.
Matlab subroutines for linear stability analysis of gravity-driven film flow on inclined corrugated substrate.
Figures in Technical Report. Template for generating raster (PNG) and vector (PDF) images using Matlab and Word and presenting them in a Technical Report (Latex or Word).

Research Groups

Department of Engineering


Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article


Selected Grants

  • 2017: 2016-2017, £120k, EPSRC first grant EP/P011071/1 Stabilising effect of topography on thin film flows for coating applications
  • 2016: 2016-2021, £2.27M, EPSRC grant EP/N025245/1 Evaporative drying of droplets and the formation of microstructured and functional particles and films