Skip navigation

Dr Maryam Parsa


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Maria Maryam Parsa holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering – Heat & Fluids from the University of Hormozgan, Iran and an MSc in Thermal Power and Fluids Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Manchester, UK. She also holds an MSc in Energy Conversion and Management (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, UK. Subsequently, she was employed as a doctoral researcher by the VEDECOM Institute, France to continue her studies for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France (formerly University of Valenciennes), France. After working as a research engineer at the same university, in 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Doctoral Prize Research Fellowship by Loughborough University, UK. In August 2020, she was appointed to a lectureship here at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University.

Maryam Parsa

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Maria’s research is multidisciplinary (i.e., engineering, materials, colloid and interface science, biology) focused on experimental investigation of phase-change heat transfer and fluid flows of pure and complex fluids (i.e., nanofluids, biofluids) at all scales for important technological applications such as printing, coating, thermal management, biomedical and nanotechnologies. Her main research actvities are: 

  • Evaporation driven self-assembly (e.g. Mechanisms of pattern formation from drying colloidal sessile droplets)
  • Phase-change heat transfer (e.g. Evaporation and condensation of droplets on surfaces)
  • Antibacterial coating

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Modelling of foamed emulsion drainage, Koursari, N., Johnson, P., Parsa, M., Schneider, M., Trybala, A., Starov, V. 5 Sep 2020, In: Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
  • Effect of different foam generation methods on emollient foams, Parsa, M. 24 Jun 2019, 8th Conference Bubble & Drop
  • Foam in pharmaceutical and medical applications, Parsa, M., Trybala, A., Malik, D., Starov, V. 1 Dec 2019, In: Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
  • Mechanisms of pattern formation from dried sessile drops, Parsa, M., Harmand, S., Sefiane, K. 1 Apr 2018, In: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
  • Effect of Substrate Temperature on Pattern Formation of Bidispersed Particles from Volatile Drops, Parsa, M., Harmand, S., Sefiane, K., Bigerelle, M., Deltombe, R. 7 Dec 2017, In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • Patterns from dried water-butanol binary-based nanofluid drops, Parsa, M. 28 Jul 2017, In: Journal of Nanoparticle Research
  • Evaporation of Binary Mixture Nanofluid Drops: Pattern Formation, Parsa, M. 22 May 2016, TechConnect Briefs
  • Effect of substrate temperature on pattern formation of nanoparticles from volatile drops, Parsa, M. 24 Mar 2015, In: Langmuir

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Evaporation of Colloidal Drops on Inclined Surfaces 2021
  • Membership of network: Engineering Professors' Council (External organisation) 2021
  • Invited talk: Patterns from Drying Droplets of Complex Fluids 2021
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Reforming Multi-disciplinary Engineering Innovation for the New Normal 2020
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: SWEP Workshop 2020 2020
  • Membership of network: American Physical Society (External organisation) 2020
  • Membership of network: Royal Society of Chemistry (External organisation) 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (Journal) 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Journal) 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: Langmuir (Journal) 2018

Further Information

Teaching responsibilities:
Module KB6004: Sustainable Energy Systems (Sep 2020 - Sep 2021)
Module KB6000: Investigative Project (Sep 2020 - present)
Module KB5005: Fluid Systems (Sep 2020 - present)
Module KB7052: Research Project (Sep 2020 - present) 

Administrative responsibilities:
Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member at Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering


  • Mechanical Engineering PhD December 11 2017
  • Mechanical Engineering MSc November 29 2012
  • Energy Studies MSc December 16 2011
  • Mechanical Engineering BSc May 26 2009
  • Associate Fellow in Higher Education Academy AFHEA 2020

a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top