prof.dr. F.G. Mugele (Frieder)

Full Professor

About Me

Prof. Mugele studied physics at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and obtained his PhD there in 1997 with a work in surface science studying diffusion on metal surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. During a postdoctoral research stay (1998/99) as a Humboldt Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA (USA) he became interested in liquid-solid interfaces and confined liquids. As a research assistant at the University of Ulm (Germany; 1999-2004; habilitation 2003), he extended his work to wetting of functionalized surfaces, including in particular electrowetting. Since 2004, he has been full Professor of Physics of Complex Fluids at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). He is heading a group of approx. 25 researchers studying fundamental and applied aspects of fluids at interfaces from molecular to macroscopic scales at the interface between physics, chemistry, and technological applications. Prof. Mugele’s research interest include electrowetting, wetting of complex surfaces, dynamic wetting, drop dynamics, two-phase flow microfluidics, AFM spectroscopy in fluids, confined liquids, nanofluidics, optofluidics, colloids, (micro-)rheology. Application areas include inkjet printing, immersion lithography, lab-on-a-chip systems.


Engineering & Materials Science
Atomic Force Microscopy
Surface Charge
Physics & Astronomy

Ancillary Activities

  • i-FIT
    training fluid dynamics for engineers


Hoek, H. J., Gerber, T., Richter, C., Dupuy, R., Rapf, R. J., Oertel, H., Buttersack, T., Trotochaud, L., Karslıoğlu, O., Goodacre, D., Blum, M., Gericke, S. M., Buechner, C., Rude, B. , Mugele, F. G., Wilson, K. R., & Bluhm, H. (2024). Compression of a Stearic Acid Surfactant Layer on Water Investigated by Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Journal of physical chemistry. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.4c00451
Bonab, M. S. , Wijnperle, D. , Mugele, F., Kempers, R., & Amirfazli, A. (2024). Electrowetting assisted shedding of droplets by a shearing airflow in dropwise condensation. International journal of heat and mass transfer, 220, Article 124925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124925
Stetten, A. Z., Kratz, F. S. , Schilderink, N., Ayirala, S. , Duits, M. H. G., Kierfeld, J. , & Mugele, F. (2023). Elastometry of Complex Fluid Pendant Capsules. Langmuir, 39(46), 16303-16314. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c01845
Duits, M. H. G. , Le-Anh, D., Ayirala, S. C., Alotaibi, M. B. , Gardeniers, H., AlYousef, A. A. , & Mugele, F. (2023). Microfluidics for Carbonate Rock IOR: Some Lessons From Fabrication, Operation and Image Analysis. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - Middle East Oil, Gas and Geosciences Show, MEOS 2023 Article SPE-213465-MS (SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference, MEOS, Proceedings). Society of Plastic Engineers. https://doi.org/10.2118/213465-MS
Aarts, M., Bazant, M. Z., Bocquet, L., Cicoira, F., Dryfe, R. A. W., Faez, S., Fung, Y. K. C., Haimov, E., Hockin, B., Holm, C., Kamsma, T. M., Kanoufi, F., Kornyshev, A. A. , Lemay, S. G., Levin, Y., Marbach, S., Mohamed, E., Montes de Oca, J. , Mugele, F., ... Zhang, Y. (2023). Iontronic dynamics: general discussion. Faraday discussions, 246, 322-355. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3fd90032k
Aarts, M., Abayzeed, S., Barnaveli, A., Bocquet, L., Dryfe, R. A. W., Duleba, D., Faez, S., Fung, Y. K. C., Holm, C., Janardanan, A., Jiménez-Ángeles, F., Johnson, R., Kanoufi, F., Levin, Y., Marbach, S., Marchioro, A. , Mugele, F., Olvera de la Cruz, M. , Pennathur, S., ... Zhang, Z. (2023). Iontronic microscopy: general discussion. Faraday discussions, 246, 466-486. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3fd90033a

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room ME161
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex  ME161
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands