Marie-Jean Thoraval (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. student from August 2009 to April 2013

Postdoc from May to August 2013

Present position: Postdoc at POF, University of Twente.


Marie-Jean Thoraval received his Diplôme d'Ingénieur (Master Level) from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), and Supaéro (Toulouse, France). He also completed a Research Master degree in Fluid Dynamics at ISAE.

He joined KAUST in August 2009 as a founding class student. He graduated in March 2013 (Thesis: Drop impact splashing and air entrapment).

He is now postdoc at the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente, working with Profs. Frits Dijksman, Jacco Snoeijer and Detlef Lohse.

Research Interests

During his Ph.D., he studied different aspects of drop impacts, captured at very high frame rates.

Selected Publications

Thoraval, M.-J., & Thoroddsen, S. T. (2013). Contraction of an air disk caught between two different liquids. Physical Review E, 88 (6), 061001(R).

Thoraval, M.-J., Takehara, K., Etoh, T. G., & Thoroddsen, S. T. (2013). Drop impact entrapment of bubble rings. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 724, 234–258. [Cover image of the volume.]

Thoroddsen, S. T., Thoraval, M.-J., Takehara, K., & Etoh, T. G. (2012). Micro-bubble morphologies following drop impacts onto a pool surface. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 708, 469–479. [Cover image of the volume.]

Thoraval, M.-J., Takehara, K., Etoh, T. G., Popinet, S., Ray, P., Josserand, C., Zaleski, S., et al. (2012). von Kármán Vortex Street within an Impacting Drop. Physical Review Letters, 108 (26), 264506. [Selected as the Physics Focus written by Philip Ball.]

Thoroddsen, S. T., Thoraval, M.-J., Takehara, K., & Etoh, T. G. (2011). Droplet Splashing by a Slingshot Mechanism. Physical Review Letters, 106 (3), 034501.