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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, soft matter, membranes, bifurcation theory

Selected Publications

X. Shao, J.R. Saylor, and J.B. Bostwick “Extracting the surface tension of soft gels from elastocapillary wave behavior”  Soft Matter. 14 7347-7353 (2018) [Back cover image]

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. “Static rivulet instabilities: varicose and sinuous modes.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics837, 819-838 (2018)

M. Grzelka, J.B. Bostwick and K.E. Daniels. “Capillary fracture of ultrasoft gels: variability and delayed nucleation.” Soft Matter. 13, 2962-2966 (2017) [back cover image].

S.J. Park, J.B. Bostwick, V. De Andrade, and J.H. Je. “Self-spreading of the wetting ridge during stick-slip on a viscoelastic surface.” Soft Matter13, 8331-8336 (2017)

J.B. Bostwick, M.J. Miksis and S.H. Davis. “Elastic membranes in confinement.” Journal of the Royal Society Interface13(120), (2016).

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. “Stability of constrained capillary surfaces.” Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics47, 539-568, (2015).

J.B. Bostwick and P.H. Steen. “Dynamics of sessile drops. Part 1. Inviscid theory.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics760, 5-38, (2014).

Dr. Joshua Bostwick