Chuan-Hua Chen

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 178 Hudson Hall, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Durham, NC 27708-0300
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5343
  • Email Address:
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  • 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.


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

Courses Taught:
  • 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)
    • Scheideler, WJ; Chen, C-H, The minimum flow rate scaling of Taylor cone-jets issued from a nozzle, Applied Physics Letters, vol 104 no. 2 (2014), pp. 024103-024103 [10.1063/1.4862263] [abs].
    • Wisdom, KM; Watson, JA; Qu, X; Liu, F; Watson, GS; Chen, CH, Self-cleaning of superhydrophobic surfaces by self-propelled jumping condensate., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, vol 110 no. 20 (2013), pp. 7992-7997 [10.1073/pnas.1210770110] [abs].
    • Boreyko, JB; Chen, CH, Vapor chambers with jumping-drop liquid return from superhydrophobic condensers, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 61 no. 1 (2013), pp. 409-418 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.01.077] [abs].
    • Boreyko, JB; Baker, CH; Poley, CR; Chen, CH, Wetting and dewetting transitions on hierarchical superhydrophobic surfaces., Langmuir: the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, vol 27 no. 12 (2011), pp. 7502-7509 [10.1021/la201587u] [abs].
    • Bober, DB; Chen, CH, Pulsating electrohydrodynamic cone-jets: From choked jet to oscillating cone, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 689 (2011), pp. 552-563 [10.1017/jfm.2011.453] [abs].