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Our lab is highly interdisciplinary, ranging from thermophysics, fluid transport, materials science to microfabrication, the goal is to explore novel surfaces and techniques for various industrial applications and to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying these applications. Towards this goal, our current research topics include:

  • Enhanced phase change heat transfer (condensation/evaporation/boiling)

  • Two-Phase microchannel cooling for high-heat-flux thermal management

  • Membrane distillation for water desalination

  • Fluid transport

  • Functional surface engineering

  • Anti-frosting/anti-reflection/anti-corrosion


Although these areas are distinctively different from each other, they all require to tune and understand physical/chemical properties of the engineered surfaces.

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