Adrien Guérin


Matière et Systèmes Complexes (MSC) laboratory, Paris-Diderot University.
With Michael Berhanu, Sylvain Courrech du Pont and Julien Derr.

I am a physicist working on environmental problematics. I am particularly interested in the interactions of a fluid flow with its boundaries, or with an obstacle. I study how these boundaries affect the flow, and how they affect the transport of particles by the flow. This mostly involves tools from non-linear physics and fluid dynamics.

News: Internship available

We propose an internship on the patterns produced by the evaporation of water dissolving its substrate (english version).

Research interests


Since September 2017 I am working on erosion by dissolution. The flow of a fluid over a solid body is determined by the shape of the body, which imposes its boundaries to the fluid. If the body is soluble, its shape changes through the dissolution. In turn, this change of the fluid boundary affects the flow. We study this feedback mechanism between the flow and the dissolution.

During my first postdoc, at the Bioengineering Laboratory in Jacques Dumais's group, I worked on fog collection. In the driest areas of northern Chile and Peru, people hang nets across the fog flow to collect its fresh water. We study how these nets could be optimised.

My PhD focused on groundwater flow dynamics. We tried to understand how a groundwater flow can generate rapid flooding. We are now investigating the influence of the flow boundaries on its dynamics.

During a 3-months internship in Doug Jerolmack's group on river deltas morphology, I studied experimentally how a river builds and forms its own delta.


See the full list here.


At the MSC laboratory:

In Chile:

In Cambridge, at the DAMTP:

In Paris, at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris:

In Philadephia, at UPenn:

See also the webpage of ObsErA (Observatoire de l'Eau et de l'Érosion aux Antilles, where you can download and access information on several rivers and catchments in Guadeloupe) and Robert Geoffrion (photos of the Atacama desert, the plant Tillandsia, and fog collectors).


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Bureau 811A
Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes
Université Paris 7 Diderot
10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet
75205 Paris cedex 13