The Microscale Physicochemical Hydrodynamics Laboratory (µPHYL) is directed by Professor Chuan-Hua Chen and located at Hudson Hall 181 and 183 (parking: PG-IV) at Duke University. Our research deals with experimental and theoretical investigations of small-scale physicochemical hydrodynamics, where transport and interfacial phenomena closely interact with each other. Through manipulation of interfacial tension, e.g. actively using electric fields or passively using surface structures, we are developing innovative solutions for applications ranging from bioanalytical assays to microelectronics cooling (overview figure). For further information about the research at µPHYL, visit the research and publications pages.
Jun 30, 2017
Our paper entitled "Asymmetric drop coalescence launches fungal ballistospores with directionality" is in press at Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Congratulations to lab alumni Fangjie and Roger on their joint numerical and experimental work! This paper concludes an arduous journey to unveil the mechanism of ballistospore launching. It has been eight years since an anonymous PRL reviewer pointed us to the analogy between ballistospore launching and droplet jumping, both induced by drop coalescence.
May 4, 2017
Our paper entitled "Hotspot size effect on conductive heat spreading" is in press at IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology. [pdf]
Sep 1, 2007 Onward
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