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Dr. Joshua Bostwick

Assistant Professor

Office: 219 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5625
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Joshua B. Bostwick joined the department in 2016 following appointments as Golovin Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and postdoc researcher at NC State University. His research addresses fundamental problems in fluid transport with an emphasis on wetting and the interactions with soft substrates. More broadly, he is interested in pattern formation on both liquid interfaces and biological membranes. He is attracted to such problems because it is often possible to elucidate the underlying physics using simple models to compare to experiments.


PhD, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, 2011
BS, Civil Engineering and Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2005
BS, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2005

Research Interests

Surface tension, wetting, drops, hydrodynamic stability, elastocapillarity, fracture of soft materials, morphology of biological membranes, bifurcation theory.

Selected Publications

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. "Stability of constrained capillary surfaces." Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. 47, 539-568, (2015).

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. "Dynamics of sessile drops. Part 1. Inviscid theory." Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 760, 5-38, (2014).

J.B. Bostwick, M. Shearer and K.E. Daniels "Elastocapillary deformations on partially-wetting substrates: rival contact-line models". Soft Matter. 10, 7361-7369, (2014).

J.B. Bostwick and K.E. Daniels. "Capillary fracture of soft gels." Physical Review E. 88, 042410, (2013).

J.B. Bostwick. "Spreading and bistability of droplets on differentially-heated substrates". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 725, 566-587, (2013).

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. "Stability of constrained cylindrical interfaces and the torus lift of Plateau-Rayleigh". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 647, 201-219, (2010).

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. "Constrained capillary oscillations of a spherical fluid drop". Physics of Fluids. 21, 032108, (2009).

Dr. Joshua Bostwick