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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.


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.

May 31, 2015

Congratulations to Fangjie Liu for earning her PhD degree from Duke University, and good luck on her postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We will be sorely missing Fangjie's computational expertise!

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