The research interest of our group lies in broadly understanding the fundamental interfacial transport phenomena in soft materials at a microscopic scale, which will enable innovative fluid and materials engineering platforms to provide revolutionary solutions to some of today’s most challenging problems in energy, the environment and human health. From fundamental studies in biology, material science and physics, to applications in engineering, the “interface” between two fluid phases includes complex molecular and particulate structures. The mechanical, chemical, thermal and transport properties of such complex interfaces are crucial to the response of many systems. Therefore, controlling and optimizing various interfacial transport phenomena remains a canonical problem with strong intellectual interest and broad industrial impact.

Our research has made particular impact in the following areas:

  • Multi-phase dynamics involving bubbles and drops with a complex interface
  • Nanoparticle-oriented engineering
  • Self-assembly kinetics at the molecular level
  • Dynamics of thin film flows in complex fluids

We enjoy new challenges and collaborations. Feel free to visit us, either in person or on the web.

Our group is looking for highly motivated Ph.D. and master students. Students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical/chemical/biomedical/materials engineering, soft matter physics, and other closely related fields are encouraged to apply. Candidates with strong backgrounds in experimental fluid mechanics, microfluidics, Soft Matter Physics and nanomaterials for drug delivery are especially welcome. To apply, please contact Dr. Feng (jiefeng@illinois.edu) to discuss potential opportunities. We also offer research opportunities for undergraduate students.