News Archive

Jacob receives NSF Fellowship


CONGRATULATIONS!! Jacob Graham, the lab’s most senior undergrad researcher (2 1/2 years) was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. He will be joining Northwestern University to pursue his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering. Good luck, have fun, and we will miss you!

Evaporation Paper Published


Wenliang’s and Junhui’s work on the influence of substrate orientation on evaporation heat transfer has been published in Langmuir. Congratulations!

Patty featured as alumna of UIUC


Patty just got featured on the alumni-news website of MechSE @ U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Patty receives funding from ACS


The American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund has awarded Patty a 2-year grant to study the coupling of heat transfer and fluid flow in 2D microporous media.

Kate's paper published in IJHMT


Kate’s paper on melting and impact dynamics of ice particles on a heated water bath was just published in IJHMT. It elucidates the coupling of heat transfer and fluid dynamic for metallic additive manufacturing processes. CONGRATULATIONS!!


Patty receives NASA Grant


Patty received a NASA Early Career Faculty Award to study and develop a passive and compact liquid metal based heat switch. More information on the proposed technology can be found here and in an article featured in WashU Engineering News.


Patty awarded her first NSF grant


Recently, Patty was awarded a 3-year NSF grant to study nucleation and condensation dynamics of water droplets on lubricant-infused surfaces (LIS). Fundamental insights gained from this research will benefit the efficiency and durability of (power plant) condensers and water harvesting systems. The abstract to the award can be found here.

Best Poster Award for Jianxing at ICNMM2019


CONGRATULATIONS to Jianxing for his 1st place “Best Poster Award” at this year’s ASME ICNMM in St. John’s, NL. Keep up the good work!

Jianxing, Vivek, and Patty at ICNMM2019


Jianxing, Vivek, and Patty (representing Kate) presented their work on dropwise condensation on LIS and ice particle melting in heated water baths at this year’s ASME International Conference for Nano-, Micro-, and Mini-Channels (ICNMM) in St. John’s, NL.

Jianxing's first paper published in SM


Jianxing’s paper on the mobility of microdroplets during dropwise condensation on lubricant-infused surfaces was published in Soft Matter – CONGRATULATIONS!!

We have moved!


Tuesday was a busy day as we moved into our new lab in Jubel Hall 233. We are super excited about the proximity of lab and office space, and the fabulous view from the lab windows.

Jubel lab preview


Here is a preview of our new lab in Jubel Hall. Move-in is expected to happen end of May. We’re super excited about our new space (maybe not so much the move itself, but definitely the new lab itself)!

Qualifying Exams


BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Andreea and Jianxing for passing their qualifying exams. They are official PhD candidates now. Way to go!

Paper published in APL


Part of Patty’s PhD work, in collaboration with Tianyu Yang et al., on a liquid metal based thermal switch has been published in APL. It is also featured at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College of Engineering website.

Paper published in PRF


The final project of Patty’s PhD work on droplet impact on vibrating superhydrophobic surfaces has been published in PRF.

Andreea Stoica joins the lab


We have our third PhD rotation student join the lab – welcome Andreea!

Jianxing Sun joins the lab


We have our second PhD rotation student join the lab – welcome Jianxing!

Junhui Li joins the lab


We have our first PhD rotation student join the lab – welcome Junhui!

Lab ready for move-in


Our new lab space in Whitaker 245 is ready for move-in. Let the research begin!

Paper published in IJHMT


Part of Patty’s PhD work on the distribution of droplet sizes during dropwise condensation on lubricant-inflused surfaces (LIS or SLIPS) has been published in IJHMT.

Patty featured in "POETS" newsletter


The newest POETS (Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems) newlsetter (Fall 2016) featured an interview with Patty on her research career, motivation, and goals.

POETS Newsletter 3-2016