Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Joshua Bostwick.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University.  As a fluid mechanician, I work on surface tension-driven phenomena and their interaction with soft materials, with associated applications in biology and industry.

Research interests

My research addresses fundamental problems on interfacial flows with an emphasis on wetting and the interactions of liquids with soft substrates (elastocapillarity). In addition to widespread industrial and technological applications, fluid transport on solid substrates typifies the multiple-scale problem, as bulk, surface, and line forces are coupled through a free-boundary value problem. More broadly, I am interested in pattern formation on interfaces, surface tension-driven phenomena, complex fluids, and soft matter. I am attracted to such problems because it is often possible to elucidate the underlying physics using simple, yet rigorous, mathematical models to compare to experiments. Current areas of research are:

OPENING. I am looking for a PhD student interested in the mathematical analysis of capillary surfaces, i.e. drops, liquid bridges, beads-on-fibers.

We are always looking for intelligent, driven researchers. If interested, please send your CV and statement of interest to Dr. Bostwick.