Our Consultants


The MercuryLab consultancy team combines experts from many different backgrounds and includes some of the world-leading academics of the topics of segregation, granular materials and bulk-solids handling. Combined with our state-of-the-art virtual prototyping software we able to tackle complex industrial problems effectively and efficiently.

Our primary expertise is in the mixing of (complex) materials, especially in the food, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors.

Prof. Anthony Thornton obtained a PhD concerning the causes of segrthorntonegation from the University of Manchester, in 2005. Since obtaining his PhD he has applied this knowledge to solve many segregation based problems for various industries and has published over 20 articles on the topic in top-ranked journals.

He is currently the CEO of MercuryLab, and additionally holds an professorship  at the University of Twente’s Mechanical Engineering department.

weinhart Dr. Thomas Weinhart, the CTO of MercuryLab, is one of the world’s leading experts in micro-macro transitions, a process through which detailed continuum information may be extracted from particle data and used to predict the causes of segregation, breakage and failure in particulate systems.


Stefan Luding Prof. Stefan Luding is one of the world’s leading experts on the handling and processing of granular materials. He chairs the Multiscale Mechanics (MSM) group at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, NL. His expertise includes non-Newtonian fluids, non-linear solids, particle interactions, granular materials, powders, asphalt, composites, bio- and micro-fluid systems and self-healing materials and most of all on micro-macro transition methods. He is managing Editor in Chief of the leading granular journal Granular Matter and is president of the AEMMG organisation committee for the Powders and Grains conference series.

Dr. Deepak Tunuguntla  obtained his PhD in 2015. His PhD focused on the investigation of segregation and mixing problems facing the steel industry. Since completing his PhD he joined the MercuryLab consultancy team and is still actively publishing research paper on the topic of ‘mixing and segregation’.

windows-yuleDr. Kit Windows-Yule is a research physicist who expertise lies in the validation and calibration of virtual prototyping software for simulating granular materials. He obtained his PhD, which focusses on the prediction and suppression of segregation in vibrated and rotating granular systems, in 2015.