Full Professor

Federico Toschi

Everything flows, but how?

Group / Unit
Turbulence and Vortex Dynamics
Department / Section
Applied Physics
Floor / room

Research Profile

Federico Toschi is full professor at the departments of Applied Physics and of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on the emerging complexity in challenging multi-scale problems at the crossroad between statistical physics, fluid mechanics, soft condensed matter and bio-physics. How do small-scale interactions and forces lead to large-scale complexity and chaos? How to analytically and numerically model complex flow problems? Federico’s research employs experimental, numerical and theoretical methods and covers -amongst others- fluid dynamics turbulence; lagrangian turbulence; thermal convection; complex fluids; soft condensed matter; active matter; crowd dynamics; scientific computing and Lattice Boltzmann methods.  Several of Federico's research topics are strongly interdisciplinary and involve pushing the boundaries of physics across different disciplines. In the computational aspects of his work he pursues innovation of numerical methods as well as large-scale, massively parallel, numerical simulations. His research is embedded in the 4TU Centre of Excellence for Multiscale Phenomena, the JMBC Burgerscentrum for fluid dynamics, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute. He teaches general courses on fluid mechanics, mathematical and computational physics, dynamical systems and chaos for Applied Physics BSc and MSc students. He served the scientific community by chairing two COST Action on “Particles in turbulence” and “Flowing matter”. He is one of the Founders of the start-up Flow Matters Holding BV.   

Academic Background

Federico Toschi graduated (magna cum laude) in Physics at University of Pisa (Italy) and at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy, 1995). In 1998 he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on the fundamental statistical properties of fluid dynamics turbulence. He has worked at the University of Twente (The Netherlands, 1990-2001), at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France, 2001) and at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo of the National Research Council (Italy, 2001-2008). In 2008, he was appointed full professor of Computational Physics of Multi-scale Transport Phenomena at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands). Federico is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2015), has been a visiting scientist at University of Chicago and Stanford (USA). He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and provided more than 100 invited talks and seminars.  

Educational Activities

  • Computational and mathematical physics
  • Bachelor final project (10ECTS)
  • Advanced Computational Fluid and Plasma Dynamics
  • Chaos
  • Physical modelling and simulating

Ancillary Activities

  • Editor, Tijdschrift Journal of Turbulence (Taylor & Francis)
  • Founder and director, EFFETI BV
  • Editor voor het tijdschrift Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Elsevier
  • Deeltijdonderzoeker, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • Co-founder and director FLOW Matters Holding BV, FLOW Matters Holding BV and subsidiaries