Chuan-Hua Chen, Alfred M. Hunt Faculty Scholar and Assistant Professor  

Chuan-Hua Chen
Contact Info:
Office Location:  144 Hudson Hall
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5343
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PhD, Stanford University, 2004
MS, Stanford University, 2000
BS, Peking University, 1998
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Physicochemical Hydrodynamics

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.


Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Hunt Faculty Scholar, Duke University, 2012
Young Faculty Award, DARPA, June, 2010
Powe Award, ORAU, May, 2009
CAREER Award, NSF, April, 2009
Teaching (Summer2 2017):  (typical courses)

  • ME 701.01, CAPILLARITY & WETTING Synopsis
    Teer 211, MWF 08:45 AM-11:10 AM
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. 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.) .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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) .
  4. Y. Zhao, F. Liu, C.H. Chen, Thermocapillary actuation of binary drops on solid surfaces, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 99 no. 104101 (2011) .
  5. 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 .
  6. C.H. Chen, Electrohydrodynamic stability, in Electrokinetics and Electrohydrodynamics in Microsystems, edited by A. Ramos (2011), pp. 177-220, Springer .
  7. 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.) .
  8. 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.) .
  9. 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.) .
  10. 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) .
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)