In this research group, our focus lies on understanding the interplay of fluid dynamics and heat transfer of droplets and other multi-phase systems. Practical applications of interest are additive manufacturing, phase change heat transfer for thermal management and thermal storage, and droplet interactions with biological systems. To fundamentally study these thermal-fluidic interactions, we combine multiple experimental techniques, such as high-speed optical and infrared (IR) imaging, interferometry, confocal fluorescence microscopy, and conventional heat transfer measurements.
Current projects include the characterization of melt pool dynamics during metallic 3D printing, dropwise condensation heat transfer on lubricant-infused surfaces (LIS), the wettability of graphene, and droplet impact dynamics on hierarchical and bi-philic surfaces. For more information on projects, please see here.
We are currently looking to hire 1-2 PhD students.
We are also always looking for interested and motivated undergraduate students to participate in our research efforts.
Patty receives NSF CAREER award
Patty received a 5-year NSF CAREER award on the topic “Understanding thermal phase change processes in metal additive manufacturing“. For more information, see here.
Sida passes MS thesis defense
Jacob's and Angelo's ICNMM paper published
Our two fantastic undergrads Jacob and Angelo have published their work on pool boiling heat transfer and issues of scaling in contaminated water in the proceedings of the 2020 ASME ICNMM/SHTC/FEDSM joint conference. Congratulations!
Patty receives ASME Award
During the joint ICNMM/SHTC/FEDSM conference, which was held virtually 7/13-15, Patty received the ASME ICNMM Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award 2020, “for her work in developing fundamental understanding of the phase change heat transfer on nanoengineered surfaces, as well as her work on interfacial phenomena and droplet dynamics”: Engineering News
Wenliang's impact paper published
Congratulations to Wenliang: His paper on impact dynamics and heat transfer during droplet impact on wettability-patterned surfaces was just published in Physics of Fluids.
Shuhan and Jacob honored
Congratulations! Both of our graduating seniors, Shuhan and Jacob, have been received departmental awards (outstanding dual-degree or transfer student award and outstanding senior award, respectively), and will be starting their PhD studies in August. Thank you for your contributions to out research group, and good luck!