• Diamagnetic phase separation in microgravity (L: non-magnetic, C: right magnet, R: left magnet)

Welcome to the Low-Gravity Science and Technology (LGST) Laboratory! Our group is part of the Space Systems Design Laboratory and engages in a broad range of activities in the fields of microgravity and low-gravity research. We are currently working on the development of novel multiphase flow management technologies by exploiting electromagnetic and acoustic actuation mechanisms. Our ultimate goal is to expand the traditional boundaries of the field of low-gravity fluid mechanics and contribute to the development of next-generation space systems. Areas of interest include life support, in-situ resource utilization,  propellant sloshing, and heat transfer, among others.

News & Events

  • January 9th, 2023: The LGST Lab is partnering with Prof. Katharina Brinkert’s Group at the University of Warwick in the development of next-generation oxygen and hydrogen production devices. Our ESA-sponsored suborbital rocket experiment will test an autonomously operating, efficient, and monolithic solar water-splitting device for oxygen and hydrogen production in microgravity. More info here.
  • January 3rd, 2023: We welcome Eric Comstock to the LGST Lab as our latest Ph.D. student! Eric will research the application of magnetohydrodynamic forces to a variety of entry, descent, and landing problems.
  • December 1st, 2022: Our research on magnetic phase separation in microgravity was highlighted today in Aerospace America’s 2022 year-in-review! More info here.
  • November 15th, 2022: Dr. Romero-Calvo has won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Colorado Boulder. This award recognizes the best dissertation (excellence of research, topical importance, and presentation in the written dissertation) among students completing Ph.D. degree requirements during a calendar year. More info here.
  • November 10th, 2022: Today, Dr. Romero-Calvo was elected as a member of the ASGSR Board for a 3-year term at the ASGSR Meeting 2022 in Houston, TX. More info here.
  • October 27th, 2022: Congratulations to the LGST Lab undergraduate researchers working on the design of the Georgia Tech Microgravity Drop Tower!! This afternoon they delivered an amazing poster presentation and won 1st place in the hardware and devices division of the VIP Innovation Showcase. More info here.
  • October 26th, 2022: Our research on magnetic phase separation was featured today on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers! More info here.
  • October 13th, 2022: Our article “Novel Propellant Settling Strategies for Liquid Rocket Engine Restart in Microgravity” has been published today in Acta Astronautica! doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2022.10.012
  • October 4th, 2022: This week, Dr. Romero-Calvo was appointed as Vice-Chair of the COSPAR Scientific Commission G: Material and Fluid Sciences in Space Conditions. More info here.
  • October 3rd, 2022: Listen here to a fireside chat on our last paper on magnetic phase separation in microgravity at Quantum Photonics Club. Link to the paper.
  • September 14th, 2022: Coming back from a launch campaign in the desert today. We had a blast!
  • August 18th, 2022: Our latest journal article on magnetic phase separation in microgravity has been featured in numerous media outlets this last week. Read the full story in Popular Science!
  • August 13th, 2022: Press releases for our recent npj Microgravity article have been published by the University of Warwick and ZARM (in German), triggering a significant response in mass media. Thanks to both of them for their amazing support!
  • August 8th, 2022: Our article “Magnetic Phase Separation in Microgravity” has been published this morning in npj Microgravity! Read this nice press release by Jeff Zehnder at CU Boulder for further details. doi: 10.1038/s41526-022-00212-9
  • August 6th, 2022: Our article “Fully Coupled Interface-Tracking Model For Axisymmetric Ferrohydrodynamic Flows” has been published this morning in Applied Mathematical Modeling! Read it for free here until September 25. doi: 10.1016/j.apm.2022.06.046
  • August 4th, 2022: The LGST Lab is looking for two new Ph.D. students to lead research projects in low-gravity electrolysis and low-gravity positive positioning. More details are in our Opportunities section!
  • August 1st, 2022: Today the Low-Gravity Science and Technology Lab is born! We will keep this website updated with the latest news and events. Stay tuned 🚀