About TIPs

The objective of the research carried out at the Transfers, Interfaces and Processes (TIPs) laboratory of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is the experimental characterization and the mathematical modeling of transport phenomena within systems containing several phases (gas and/or liquid and/or solid), exchanging matter, heat or momentum, through an interface between these phases, at scales between the micron and the millimeter. The research carried out revolves around mainly fundamental and/or generic questions. They have direct applications in the fields of health, environment, heat transfer technologies and agro-food, chemical, microtechnology, materials and space industries. The research results of the TIPs laboratory have led to numerous patents and also enabled the creation of the spin-off Secoya Technologies.

Our current research concerns 9 scientific topics: Drying, Enzymatic processesEvaporation and boiling, Gas-liquid transfers, Microfluidics, Physiological fluidsSoft/Wet microroboticsSurface rheology and, as a side research area, the characterization of Ancient hydraulic systems.

The TIPs laboratory is composed of 6 professors and approximately 35 researchers.

The TIPs is also deeply involved in development cooperation, through many projects, mainly in the frame of the Codepo unit


The TIPs laboratory has an experimental facility devoted to the realization, the characterization and the manipulation of systems including several phases (gas and/or liquid and/or solid), exchanging mass, energy or momentum, at a characteristic length scale between the micron and the millimeter.