Associate Professor Malcolm Davidson

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 1.21
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling (Multi-phase flow)


Malcolm Davidson is Leader of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Group. The group investigates fluid dynamics and transport phenomena in single and multiphase flows in process engineering with emphasis on both dispersed particle-fluid systems and deforming fluid interfaces.

Current Research Activities
Nano and Biomolecular Engineering
Materials and Minerals Engineering
Flow Process Modelling

Professional Experience
PhD in the area of physiological fluid dynamics. His subsequent research career developed broadly in the computational and mathematical modelling of fluid dynamics, with previous positions in the Australian Atomic Energy Commission and the CSIRO. His research extended into porous media flows before concentrating on industrial fluid flows with an emphasis on flow fundamentals.

Recent publications

  1. Pillai R, Berry J, Harvie D, Davidson M. Electrophoretically mediated partial coalescence of a charged microdrop. 11th International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries (CFD). Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 169. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2016.07.022
  2. Hsu W-L, Harvie D, Davidson M, Dunstan D, Hwang J, Daiguji H. Viscoelectric Effects in Nanochannel Electrokinetics. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 121, Issue 37. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b06798
  3. Pillai R, Berry J, Harvie D, Davidson M. Electrokinetics of isolated electrified drops. SOFT MATTER. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 12, Issue 14. DOI: 10.1039/c6sm00047a
  4. Hsu W, Daiguji H, Dunstan D, Davidson M, Harvie D. Electrokinetics of the silica and aqueous electrolyte solution interface: Viscoelectric effects. ADVANCES IN COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 234. DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2016.05.001
  5. Davidson M, Berry J, Pillai R, Harvie D. Numerical simulation of two-fluid flow of electrolyte solution with charged deforming interfaces. APPLIED MATHEMATICAL MODELLING. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 40, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2015.09.011
  6. Biscombe C, Davidson M, Harvie D. Corrections to 'Microfluidic circuit analysis I: Ion current relationships for thin slits and pipes', J. Colloid Interface Sci. 365 (2012) 1-15 and 'Microfluidic circuit analysis II: Implications of ion conservation for microchannels connected in series', J. Colloid Interface Sci. 365 (2012) 16-27. JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE. Academic Press. 2015, Vol. 442. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.11.057
  7. Pillai R, Berry J, Harvie D, Davidson M. Electrolytic drops in an electric field: A numerical study of drop deformation and breakup. PHYSICAL REVIEW E. American Physical Society. 2015, Vol. 92, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.013007
  8. Pillai R, Berry J, Harvie D, Davidson M. Electrophoretic effects on satellite droplet formation during electrocoalescence of microdrops. 11th International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries. 2015. Editors: Solnordal CB, Liovic B, Delaney GW, Cummins SJ, Schwarz MP, Witt PJ.
  9. Hsu W, Harvie D, Davidson M, Jeong H, Goldys EM, Inglis DW. Concentration gradient focusing and separation in a silica nanofluidic channel with a non-uniform electroosmotic flow. Lab On a Chip: Microfluidic and nanotechnologies for chemistry, biology, and bioengineering. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 18. DOI: 10.1039/c4lc00504j
  10. Pillai R, Berry J, Harvie D, Davidson M. Effect of interfacial tension and electric field on charge separation dynamics inside stable and unstable microdrops. Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014. 2014.
  11. Biscombe C, Davidson M, Harvie D. Electrokinetic flow in parallel channels: Circuit modelling for microfluidics and membranes. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 440. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2012.10.037
  12. Berry J, Davidson M, Harvie D. Electroviscous flow through nanofluidic junctions. Applied Mathematical Modelling. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 38, Issue 17-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2014.02.018
  13. Berry J, Foong A, Lade CE, Biscombe C, Davidson M, Harvie D. Electroviscous resistance of nanofluidic bends. Physical Review E. American Physical Society. 2014, Vol. 90. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.043008
  14. Hsu W, Inglis DW, Startsev MA, Goldys EM, Davidson M, Harvie D. Isoelectric Focusing in a Silica Nanofluidic Channel: Effects of Electromigration and Electroosmosis. Analytical Chemistry. American Chemical Society. 2014, Vol. 86, Issue 17. DOI: 10.1021/ac501875u
  15. Davidson M, Berry J, Harvie D. Numerical simulation of the deformation of charged drops of electrolyte. WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences. WIT Press. 2014, Vol. 82. DOI: 10.2495/AFM140181

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