Lilian de Martín


  • Postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (2010-2013)
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2007-2010)
  • MSc, Industrial Processes Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Lilian obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) on diagnosis of gas-solid fluidized beds dynamics by acoustic techniques.

In 2010, she joined as a postdoc researcher the Product and Process Engineering group at TU Delft, The Netherlands. Her main research project focused on the study of the structural properties of nanoparticle agglomerates in gas-solid fluidized beds (ERC Grant awarded to Dr. J. Ruud van Ommen). Nanoparticles in gas-solid dense suspensions form agglomerates as a result of the inter-particle forces, dominant at the nanoscale. These agglomerates are dynamical, breaking and reorganizing continuously and have a complex and hierarchical fractal structure with multiple fractal dimensions. She developed a number of tools and models to characterize the structure of nanoparticle agglomerates, e.g. by using spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering.

Her work in the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering focuses on the study of self-organizing materials that are able to adapt their structure and associated properties in response to a changing environment. Inspired by the organization of bacterial communities and with the help of agent-based simulations, she aims to develop self-organizing, adaptive and self-healing materials that can be further used, for instance, in sensing or drug delivery.

Projects: Robust, adaptive and self-healing materials and Pattern formation in pulsed fluidized beds

Selected publications:

Book Chapters

  1. L. de Martín and J.R. van Ommen,
    In: Biomass as a Sustainable Energy Source for the Future: Fundamentals of Conversion Processes,

    W. de Jong and J.R. van Ommen Eds. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Peer–reviewed Publications

  1. K. Wu, L. de Martín, L. Mazzei, and M.-O. Coppens,
    "Pattern formation in fluidized beds as a tool for model validation: a two-fluid model based study",
    Powder Technol., 2016, 295, 35.
  2. L. de Martín, W.G. Bouwman, and J.R. van Ommen,
    "Multidimensional nature of fluidized nanoparticle agglomerates",
    Langmuir, 2014, 30, 12696.
  3. L. de Martín, A. Fabre, and J.R. van Ommen,
    "The fractal scaling of fluidized nanoparticle agglomerates",
    Chem. Eng. Sci., 2014, 112, 79.
  4. L. de Martín, J. Sánchez-Prieto, F. Hernández-Jiménez, and J.R van Ommen,
    "A settling tube to determine the terminal velocity and size distribution of fluidized nanoparticle agglomerates",
    J. Nanopart. Res., 2014, 16, 2183.
  5. L. de Martín and J.R. van Ommen,
    "A model to estimate the size of nanoparticle agglomerates in gas-solid fluidized beds"
    J. Nanopart. Res., 2013, 15, 2055.
  6. M. Tahmasebpoor, L. de Martín, M. Talebi, N. Mostoufi, and J.R. van Ommen,
    "The role of the hydrogen bond in dense nanoparticle-gas suspensions",
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 5788.
  7. K.R. Kuijpers, L. de Martín, and J.R. van Ommen,
    "Optimizing off-lattice diffusion-limited aggregation"
    Comput. Phys. Commun., 2013, 185, 841.
  8. L. de Martín, J.V. Briongos, J.M. Aragón, and M.C. Palancar,
    "Can low frequency accelerometry replace pressure measurements for monitoring gas-solid fluidized beds?",
    Chem. Eng. Sci., 2010, 65, 4055.
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