Marcel Moura

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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 24 None 0316 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1048, Blindern 0316 OSLO

You can find additional information on my personal page, Research gate profile, Google scholar profile and (not so serious) here.

Academic Interests

  1. Fluid Mechanics and flow in porous media;
  2. Fracture dynamics in brittle solids;
  3. Laminar flow systems and hydrodynamic instabilities;
  4. 2D vortex dynamics in classical flows.

I am currently performing experiments on topics 1, 2 and 3. More details here.

Higher education and employment history

I have got both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. I have received my PhD degree in Physics from the University of Oslo, Norway. I have a theoretical background in Fluid Mechanics (potential flow theory and flow in porous media). My Master's thesis entitled "Vortex motion around a circular cylinder both in an unbounded domain and near a plane boundary" can be found here and my PhD thesis entitled "Burst dynamics in quasi-2D disordered systems: experiments on porous media two-phase flows" can be found here. I am currently hired as a Postdoctoral Researcher at PoreLab, Department of Physics, University of Oslo. I am performing experiments on capillary flows in porous media and in the propagation of fractures in brittle solids.

Other scientific activities

I am the current Chair of the Students Affairs Committee (SAC) of InterPore, the International Society for Porous Media. The SAC aims at improving the international visibility and networking opportunities of students and early career scientists working in all fields related to porous media science and technology. I am also a board member of InterPore and the student liaison and communication officer of the Norwegian Chapter of the society (InterPore Norway). If you would like to set up a local student section of InterPore in your institution/country, please contact me and I can provide you with additional details.

The Gallery of Porous Media Art

I have recently started a Gallery of Porous Media Art, where researchers from my group and beyond can display some interesting images of their work. We welcome any contributions related to porous / granular media research.


I have received an InterPore Rosette award "in recognition for sustained and valuable services to The International Society for Porous Media". The award was given during the 10th International Conference on Porous Media and Annual Meeting of InterPore which took place in New Orleans, USA on May 2018.

Outreach and scientific communication

I have been involved in various activities connected to outreach and science communication to the general public. I keep a log of my outreach activities here.

Tags: Fracture dynamics, Flow in porous media, Complex systems, Potential flows, Vortex dynamics


M. Moura, K. J. Måløy, E. G. Flekkøy and R. Toussaint, “ Intermittent dynamics of slow drainage experiments in porous media: Characterization under different boundary conditions ,” Front. Phys. 7, 217 (2020).

M. Moura, E. G. Flekkøy, K. J. Måløy, G, Schäfer and R. Toussaint, “Connectivity enhancement due to film flow in porous media,” Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 094102 (2019).

E. G. Flekkøy, M. Moura and K. J. Måløy, “Dynamics of the fluctuating flying chain,” Front. Phys. 7, 187 (2019).

E. G. Flekkøy, M. Moura and K. J. Måløy, “Mechanisms of the flying chain fountain,” Front. Phys. 6, 84 (2018).

M. Moura, K. J. Måløy, E. G. Flekkøy and R. Toussaint, “Verification of a dynamic scaling for the pair correlation function during the slow drainage of a porous medium,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 154503 (2017).

M. Moura, K. J. Måløy, and R. Toussaint, “Critical behavior in porous media flow,” EPL (Europhysics Letters) 118, 14004 (2017).

M. Moura, E.-A. Fiorentino, K. J. Måløy, G. Schäfer, and R. Toussaint, "Impact of sample geometry on the measurement of pressure-saturation curves: Experiments and simulations,” Water Resour. Res., 51 (2015).

G. L. Vasconcelos, M. N. Moura, and A. M. J. Schakel, “Vortex motion around a circular cylinder,” Phys. Fluids 23, 123601 (2011).

G. L. Vasconcelos and M. Moura, “Vortex motion around a circular cylinder above a plane,” Phys. Fluids 29, 083603 (2017).

M. N. Moura, and G. L. Vasconcelos, “Four-vortex motion around a circular cylinder,” Phys. Fluids 25, 073601 (2013).

M. N. Moura, and G. L. Vasconcelos, "Vortex flow around a circular cylinder near a plane," Rev. Cub. Fis., 29, 1E42-1E44 (2012).


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Published Oct. 29, 2012 2:34 PM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2020 12:55 AM