Virgile Thiévenaz

Post-doctoral researcher
University of California, Santa Barbara
E-mail : virgile /at/ vthievenaz.fr

Last update on 04/07/2022 at 19h57 (PDT)


Welcome to my website!

I am a physicist, specialized in fluid mechanics and soft matter, currently a post-doc in Pr. Alban Sauret’s group at UC Santa Barbara. Recently, I have been primarily interested in flows of suspensions and particulate effects on liquid interfaces.

Before that, I did my PhD on water drop impact and solidification on cold substrates, at the Institut ∂’Alembert with Thomas Séon and Christophe Josserand.





The onset of heterogeneity in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
07 April 2022

Our article “The onset of heterogeneity in the pinch-off of suspension drops” has just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the non-specialists, UCSB’s Harrison Tasoff just wrote a paper on the subject.

PNAS dislocation



Gallery of Fluid Motion 2021 – Milton Van Dyke Award
22 November 2021

On November 22nd, 2021, Alban Sauret and I received the Milton Van Dyke award from the Gallery of Fluid Motion of the APS for my video on the fragmentation of viscous compound filaments. The video was ranked first by the jury, and received coverage in the APS popularization magazine, Physics. All this on my birthday!

I also ran twice in the poster contest, with my own work on the pinch-off of complex suspensions and with Deok-Hoon Jeong’s PhD work on the dip-coating with bidisperse suspensions.

Gallery of Fluid Motion 2021
Gallery of Fluid Motion 2021



FY Fluid Dynamics – Dripping with particles
11 August 2021

My drops of viscoelastic suspensions are in FY Fluid Dynamics!



Rencontres du Non-Linéaire 2021
25 March 2021

Thursday, March 25th, I presented my research on the pinch-off of visco-elastic particulate suspensions at the Rencontres du Non-Linéaire 2021.

RNL2021



Gallery of Fluid Motion 2018
18 November 2018

This video was presented at the 2018 Gallery of Fluid Motion. It summarizes the main topics of my PhD.



Gallery of Fluid Motion 2017
18 November 2017

Gallery of Fluid Motion 2017



Gallery of Fluid Motion 2016
18 November 2016

Gallery of Fluid Motion 2016





Last publications


  1. Fragmentation of viscous compound liquid ligaments
    V. Thiévenaz and A. Sauret
    (2022)
    in revision
    Article associated with the Milton Van Dyke award of the APS's 2021 Gallery of Fluid Motion

  2. Transition to the viscoelastic regime in the thinning of polymer solutions
    S. Rajesh, V. Thiévenaz and A. Sauret
    Soft Matter 18 , 3147-3156 (2022)
    [PDF] [journal]

  3. The onset of heterogeneity in the pinch-off of suspension drops
    V. Thiévenaz and A. Sauret
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119 13 , e2120893119 (2022)
    [journal]