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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.


May 29, 2014

Congratulations to Fangjie Liu whose companion papers on the mechanism of self-propelled jumping are in press at Journal of Fluid Mechanics. In collaboration with Giovanni Ghigliotti in Prof. James J. Feng's group at the University of Britsh Columbia, Fangjie finished the five-year Marathon started by former µPHYL members Jonathan Boreyko (experiments) [pdf] and Yuejun Zhao (simulations) [pdf].

May 29, 2014

Congratulations to Fangjie Liu whose paper on "Electrohydrodynamic cone-jet bridges: stability diagram and operating modes" is in press at Journal of Electrostatics. Well done on getting three papers accepted on the same day! [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