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Prof. Dr. Arzhang Khalili
Prof. Dr.
Scientific Fellow
Workgroup Prof. Dr. Werner Nau
Physics & Earth Sciences

Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring 1 | 28759 Bremen

+49 421 200-3229
a.khalili [at]
Research III, Room 124a
Research Interests: 

Field of Study 

    Computational methods:

  •      Computation in complex, porous and granular Media
  •      Hydrodynamic modeling
  •      Computation in multi-phase systems
  •      Modeling of biogeochemical cycles

  Experimental Methods:

  • Particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Planar laser induced florescence method (PLIF)
University Education: 

Post-Doc:  University College of London, UK (1991),
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India (1993); 
California Institute of technology, USA (1994)
PhD:   Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM),
University of Bremen, Germany (1991)
M.Sc.:  Institute for Hydraulic Engineering,
Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1985)

Research and Teaching Positions: 

1991-1994:    Research Associates at ZARM and Department of  Mathematics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
1994-2002:    Scientist at Max Planck Institute (MPI), Bremen, Germany,
Since 2003:    Appointed as permanent scientist for mathematical modeling at Max Planck Institute (MPI), Bremen, Germany
2003:              Declined a full-professorship at Florida International University, USA
2004-2012:     Head of Mathematical Modeling Group, Max Planck Institute (MPI), Bremen, Germany
2003-2004:    Simultaneously, also Lecturer at Computational Science, Jacobs University Bremen (JUB)  (formerly International University of Bremen), Bremen, Germany
Since 2004:    Simultaneously, also Adjunct Professor for Computational Science, Jacobs University Bremen (JUB), Bremen, Germany  

Teaching Experience:

  • Fundamental of hydrodynamics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Numerical treatment of partial differential equations
  • Flow through porous media


Funded Projects: 

2015-2018:        DFG project : Marine aggregate
2016-2018:        Max Planck Society project: Carbon pump
05-08.2011:       DFG project: Flow and concentration instability in vertical, porous channels
2008-2011:        Max Planck Society  project: The settling velocity of porous particles in a straified ocean
2007-2011:        Max Planck Society  project:  Erosion of a porous and granular bed by viscous shear flows: hydrodynamic in stability and particle transport
05-08.2009:       DFG project:  Instability of porous channel flows
2006-2007:        Max Planck Society  project:  2-D flow and concentration through porous cylinders
09-11.2006:       Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg project: 2-D flow and concentration through porous marine aggregates
06-08.2006:       DFG project:  2-D flow simulation through porous marine aggregates
2003-2005:        DFG project: Investigation of interface condition at permeable water-sediment interfaces
1988-1991:        BMBF project:  Quirl tank


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