PhD Thesis

Theoretical and Computational Studies of Hydrodynamics-based Separation of Particles and Polymers in Microfluidic Channels, T.N. Shendruk, Supervisor: G.W. Slater, Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa (2014).


Defence Slides

Slides used at defence on 13 December, 2013.

Figures from Thesis

Please feel free to use the many schematics and plots found in my thesis for presentations. They have been compiled into a single set of slides. If you use them, please reference my thesis or the journal articles to which they pertain.

Selected Committee Comments

Report #1

  • “This is one of the best put together and best written theses I have read. The candidate has produced an opus magnus.”
  • “The candidate has done a masterful job of synthesizing material from his publications and writing a fresh manuscript for the thesis.”

Report #2

  • “With his thesis, Tyler Shendruk demonstrates that he is an expert in separation science, with a profound understanding not only of the details of his research topic, but of transport phenomena in general.”
  • “The thesis is very well structured and a pleasure to read (despite its length). Many figures and schematics are of professional quality, making this thesis a remarkable production.”
  • “This is a remarkable thesis, the best (by far) I have had the chance to read, which will undoubtedly be useful to many students continuing in Tyler’s path or entering the field. This is an exceptional accomplishment. I would rank this work in the top 1%”

Report #4

  • “Overall, this thesis and the work it describes is an outstanding achievement for a PhD student, by far the best thesis I have read in the last ten years.”
  • “The thesis is extremely well written and a pleasure to read. Mr. Shendruk has made the thesis very detailed, self-contained and accessible to a general physics audience. The first background chapter on the underlying physics behind separations science is the most accessible I have seen anywhere, including textbooks.”
  • “This is the best thesis I have read in a long time. I will recommend it to my students as an example of excellence in a thesis and to all students interested in an introduction to the essentials of transport phenomena in microfluidic systems.”