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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 facility pages.


Aug 14, 2015

Our recent PRL paper on self-propelled coalescers is covered by Physics with a focus story ''Self-removing droplets" [pdf].

Videos covering our research can be found at youtube in English [video] and at youku in Chinese [video].

July 23, 2015

Our paper on "Self-propelled droplet removal from hydrophobic fiber-based coalescers" is in press at Physical Review Letters. Congratulations to Kungang, Fangjie, Adam and Xiaopeng for turning a surprising observation into a rigorous paper. Good luck to Adam who made the initial observation as an undergraduate Pratt Fellow, and to Kungang who creatively and tirelessly led the project to completion as an MS student. [pdf]

Sep 1, 2007 Onward

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Mail: 178 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708-0300  |  Tel: 919-660-5343  |  Email: chuanhua.chen@duke.edu

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science | Pratt School of Engineering | Duke University