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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 publications pages.


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.

Apr 3, 2017

Our paper on hotspot cooling appears on the cover of Applied Physics Letters. [cover]

The American Institute of Physics issues a press release entitled "Jumping droplets extinguish unpredictable hotspots in electronics". [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