What is your research topic?
The topic of my research is studying streaming flows generated by ultrasound around milk fat globules in milk. I simulate how milk fat globules form cream under the influence of ultrasound, and find out what factors improve or aggravate this process of creaming. This is an important area of research because ultrasound has never been used to separate cream from milk before. Upon successful completion, we will be able to provide the industry with an alternate technology to the current centrifugation process for cream separation.
"Working with an interdisciplinary team has helped me understand how to see the same problem from other perspectives."
What are the best aspects of your PhD candidature?
The most interesting aspect of my PhD is how it is directly related to the dairy industry. The project was actually proposed by industry itself as they wanted to introduce a new technology to separate cream from milk. The project is interdisciplinary and I got the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds such as physics, engineering and bioengineering. As a mathematician I had always thought we only play with numbers and equations, but now I have had the opportunity to visit milk processing and cheese making plants.
What do you hope to achieve after completing your PhD?
I see that science is more and more about team work and that we no longer work individually. Working with an interdisciplinary team has helped me understand how to see the same problem from other perspectives. I believe this will help me tackle new challenges in the future.