Gas-liquid transfers


In our research work in the field of gas-liquid transfers, we are interested in different scales in a gas-liquid contactor: the scale of the gas-liquid interface, the scale of the inclusion (bubble or drop) and the scale of the device.

At the scale of the interface, our objective is to highlight and characterize the complex coupling that can exist between diffusion, convection and chemical reactions, during the absorption of CO2 in a liquid. We combine an experimental approach, based on interferometry, and theoretical (stability analysis) and numerical approaches.

At the scale of the inclusion, we aim to describe the transport phenomena (mass and momentum) taking place inside and around a bubble/drop within a gas-liquid contactor. By combining theoretical (balance equations, stability analysis, asymptotic techniques...), numerical (commercial codes, “home-made” codes) and experimental tools (essentially implementing optical diagnostic techniques: shadowing or interferometry), we can obtain original results, related for example to the dynamics of bubbles in microchannels (paying a special attention to the inertial and capillary migration forces, as well as to the role of surfactants.), the dynamics and morphology of unconfined ellipsoidal bubbles or the coupling between flow, bubble-liquid or gas-droplet mass transfer and chemical reaction.

At the scale of the device, our goal is to integrate the results obtained at the scale of the gas-liquid interface into classical chemical engineering approaches, in order to contribute to the optimization or the design of different kind of processes. For instance, we are interested in the ozonisation process or in the development of systems for the capture of volatile organic compounds in communities rooms (classroom, nursery...). A large part of our research is also devoted to CO2 capture, based on absorption in amine solutions or on the formation of CO2 hydrates, or to the developement of bubbles microabsorbers, in the frame of the development of fine chemicals production processes. For instance, such microabsorbers could be used in the production of high-grade hydrogen peroxide (which is highly explosive).

Finally, we have recently started a research project whose objective is to contribute to the intensification of processes for the generation of carbon-free hydrogen by electrolysis. This will allow us to use our expertise in the characterization of bubble dynamics in a new framework and with new scientific questions.

Contact: Benoit Haut and Benoit Scheid


Selected publications

Rage, G., Atasi, O., Wilhelmus, M., Hernández-Sánchez, J., Haut, B., Legendre, D., Scheid, B., & Zenit, R. Bubbles determine the amount of alcohol in Mezcal. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-16. 2020

Atasi, O., Legendre, D., Haut, B., Zenit, R., & Scheid, B. Lifetime of surface bubbles in surfactant solutions. Langmuir, 36(27), 7749-7764. 2020

Rivero-Rodriguez, J., & Scheid, B. Mass transfer around flowing bubbles in cylindrical microchannels. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 869, 110-142. 2019

Atasi, O., Haut, B., Dehaeck, S., Dewandre, A., Legendre, D. & Scheid, B. How to measure the thickness of a lubrication film in a pancake bubble with a single snapshot? Applied Physics Letters, 113, 173701. 2018

Atasi, O., Haut, B., Pedrono, A., Scheid, B., & Legendre, D. Infuence of soluble surfactants and deformation on the dynamics of centered bubbles in cylindrical microchannels. Langmuir, 34(34), 10048-10062. 2018

Rivero-Rodriguez, J., & Scheid, B. Bubble dynamics in microchannels: internial and capillary migration forces. Jounal of Fluid Mechanics, 842, 215-247. 2018

Wylock, C., Rednikov, A., Colinet, P., & Haut, B. Experimental and numerical analysis of buoyancy-induced instability during CO2 absorption in NaHCO3-Na2CO3 aqueous solutions. Chemical Engineering Science, 151, 232-246. 2017

Douieb, S., Fradette, L., François, B., & Haut, B. Impact of the fluid flow conditions on the formation rate of carbon dioxide hydrates in a semi-batch stirred tank reactor. AIChE Journal, 61(12), 4387-4401. 2015

Mikaelian D., Haut B., & Scheid B., Bubbly flow and gas-liquid mass transfer in square and circular microchannels for stress-free and rigid interfaces: dissolution model, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, 19, 899-911. 2015

Mikaelian, D., Larcy, A., Cockx, A., Wylock, C., & Haut, B. Dynamics and morphology of single ellipsoidal bubbles in liquids. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 64, 1-12. 2015

Wylock, C., Rednikov, A., Haut, B., & Colinet, P. Nonmonotonic Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities driven by gas-liquid COchemisorptionJournal of Physical Chemistry B, 118(38), 11323-11329. 2014


  • Postdoctoral position of Omer Atasi

    Mass transfer phenomena in fluids of complex compositions.

    Funded by the FNRS

    Development of systems for the capture of volatile organic compounds in communities rooms (classroom, nursery...). PI: Frédéric Debaste and Benoit Haut

    Funded by INNOVIRIS
  • UTech Project

    Experimental and numerical characterization of gas-liquid flows in bioreactor. PI: Benoit Haut

  • HECO2 project

    Intensification of decarbonated hydrogen generation processes by electrolysis. PI: Benoit Haut and Benoit Scheid

    Funded by the Walloon Region