Product and Process Engineering - Delft University of Technology

Andrea Fabre

Andrea Fabre

Contact details

  • Andrea Fabre
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Dept. Chemical Engineering - PPE
  • Room E2.480
  • van der Maasweg, 9, Delft, 2629 HZ, The Netherlands


  • BSc (4 yrs.) - Biological and Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012


Research Topics

  • Agglomerate Characterization
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Capillary, Electrostatic, H-bond, and Van der Waals forces
  • Nanoparticle Agglomeration
  • Fluidization of nanopowders

Latest publications

  • Z. Qin, A. Fabre, M.J. Buehler, Structure and mechanism of maximum stability of isolated alpha-helical protein domains at a critical length scale, The European Physical Journal E, 36, 53. (2013) [paper]
  • L. De Martin, A. Fabre, J. R. van Ommen, The fractal scaling of fluidized nanoparticle agglomerates, Chemical Engineering Science 112, 79-86 (2014). [paper]
  • A. Fabre, S. Salameh, L. Colombi Ciacchi, M.T. Kreutzer, J.R. van Ommen, Contact mechanics of highly porous oxide nanoparticle agglomerates, Journal of Nanoparticle Research 18, 1-13 (2016). [paper]
  • A. Fabre, T. Steur, W.G. Bouwman, M.T. Kreutzer, J.R. van Ommen, Characterization of the stratified morphology of nanoparticle agglomerates, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, (2016). [paper]

Research description

To ease the processing of ultrafine cohesive powders in the gas phase, mainly directed towards coating processes. The main challenge with nanopowders is the agglomeration of the particles due to strong particle interactions. This behavior enables the handling of large amounts of particles; however, it limits the dynamics and properties of the nanopowders, and the efficiency of the process employing them. Therefore, understanding the type, strength, and relevant parameters of these interactions is crucial for their proper manipulation. We will first focus on agglomerates, investigating their dynamic behavior and static properties. Then, aggregate and nanoparticle interactions will be analyzed and used to predict the morphology of the final agglomerate. Finally, the information gathered from the research will be used to optimize the process of nanopowder fluidization.


Student projects

Bachelor or Master Projects inclined towards material science and physics, involving experimental work.

  • Structural Properties of Agglomerates
  • Aerodynamics on Agglomerates
  • Adhesion Force Between Agglomerates

If you are interested in the topic, please contact me at, to discuss the possibilities.

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