Chuan-Hua Chen

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Experimental and theoretical research coupling physicochemical hydrodynamics with interfacial engineering

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Contact Information:
Education:

  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

Our research deals with experimental and theoretical investigations of small-scale physicochemical hydrodynamics, where transport and interfacial phenomena closely interact with each other. By manipulating surface tension actively and passively, e.g. using electric fields and surface structures, we are develop innovative solutions for applications ranging from bioanalytical assays to microelectronics cooling.

Specialties:

Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Microsystems
Nanoscience

Courses Taught:
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 431L: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • J.B. Boreyko, Y. Zhao, C.H. Chen, Planar jumping-drop thermal diodes, Applied Physics Letters, vol 99 no. 234105 (2011) (First Poster Prize, 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Microfluidics.) .
    • D.B. Bober, C.H. Chen, Pulsating electrohydrodynamic cone-jets: from choked jet to oscillating cone, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 689 (2011), pp. 552-563.
    • Y. Zhao, D.B. Bober, C.H. Chen, Nonclogging resistive pulse sensing with electrohydrodynamic cone-jet bridges, Physical Review X, vol 1 no. 021007 (2011).
    • Y. Zhao, F. Liu, C.H. Chen, Thermocapillary actuation of binary drops on solid surfaces, Applied Physics Letters, vol 99 no. 104101 (2011).
    • J.B. Boreyko, C.H. Baker, C.R. Poley, C.H. Chen, Wetting and dewetting transitions on hierarchical superhydrophobic surfaces, Langmuir, vol 27 (2011), pp. 7502-7509.
    • C.H. Chen, Electrohydrodynamic stability (2011), pp. 177-220.
    • J.B. Boreyko and C.H. Chen, Self-propelled jumping drops on superhydrophobic surfaces, Physics of Fluids, vol 22 no. 091110 (2010) (Gallery of Fluid Motion.) .
    • J.B. Boreyko and C.H. Chen, Self-propelled dropwise condensate on superhydrophobic surfaces, Physical Review Letters, vol 103 no. 184501 (2009) (Highlighted in Science; Featured on the Discovery Channel.) .
    • J.B. Boreyko and C.H. Chen, Resorting superhydrophobicity of lotus leaves with vibration-induced dewetting, Physical Review Letters, vol 103 no. 174502 (2009) (Cover of Physical Review Letters; Featured in The New York Times.) .
    • J.G. Santiago, C.H. Chen, Special issue on fundamental principles and techniques in microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, vol 9 no. 2423-2424 (2009).