Chuanhua Duan (

Principal Investigator
Chuanhua received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Engineering Thermophysics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2004, respectively. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, for research conducted in the Nano-Energy Lab under the guidance of Professor Arun Majumdar. After graduation, he joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow, under the advisory of Prof. Peidong Yang and Dr. Arun Majumdar. Over his Ph.D. and post-doctoral work (from 2005-2011), Chuanhua investigated enhanced ion/molecule transport using 1-D and 2-D confined nanostructures, for both fundamental understanding and practical applications in biosensing and energy conversion/storage. His current research interests include energy conversion and storage, micro/nanofluidics and phase change heat transfer.


Mohammad Amin Alibakhshi (

Graduate Student
Mohammad earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and 2009, from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. During the course of his undergraduate and master’s studies he was involved in research in the fields of acoustics and wave propagation, elastic/seismic wave propagation, scattering and radiation of sound, multiple scattering, and aeroacoustics. In 2009, he joined the Nonlinear and Biomedical Acoustic Laboratory at Boston University, where he performed some experimental and theoretical research on instantaneous measurement of shockwaves and modeling damage induced to soft tissues in the process of shockwave lithotripsy. Currently he is doing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Duan in the Nanoscale Energy-Fluids Transport Laboratory. His research includes experimental and theoretical studies of transport phenomena at the nanoscale, with biosensing applications.


Quan Xie (

Graduate Student
Quan received his B.S. degrees in Microelectronics at Peking University, Beijing, China in 2011. Quan worked as a research assistant at Micro/Nanofluidic Lab in Peking University directed by Professor Wei Wang for two years, during which he had published two journal articles as first author. His current research interest include ion and water transport in nanofluidic devices.


Yinxiao LiĀ (

Graduate Student
Yinxiao received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Automation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2012. He is currently a forth-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University. His current research focuses on phase-change heat transfer.


Ching-Wen (Andy) Lo (

Graduate Student
Ching-Wen Lo received his B.S. degree from Department of Energy and Refrigerating Air-Condition Engineering at National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan. He joined the mechanical engineering department at National Chiao Tung University at 2011. He is doing his PhD under the supervision of Professor Lu in the Nano-Energy Laboratory at Taiwan. His project was focused on dropwise condensation on superhydrophobic surface, during which he had published two journal articles as first author. Currently, He is a visiting student in Mechanical Engineering at Boston University in the Nanoscale Energy-Fluids Transport Laboratory which is under the supervision of Professor Duan. His current research here is focusing on heat transfer of evaporation in the nanochannels.

Zuzhao Ye (

Graduate Student
Zuzhao received his B.E. degree from Department of Thermal Science and Energy Engineering at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China in 2015. His research interests include Heat/Mass Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Nanoscale Transport Mechanism. His undergraduate thesis focused on the automated temperature control in microfluidic chips. Now, he is a first-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University. His current research focus on Nanoscale Transport Mechanism and his research topic is: Development of Graphene Oxide Membranes with Unit Tortuosity.


Elbert Foo (

Undergraduate Student
Elbert is a fourth year undergraduate at Boston University studying Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working with Quan on ion and water transport in nanofluidic devices. His skills include being super handsome and funny.

Frank Schwamborn (

Undergraduate Student
Expected Graduation: 2016
Major: Mechanical Engineering concentrating in Energy Technologies
My passion is US environmental policy. Former Associate Director for Environmental Affairs at Boston University Student government. Research ambitions, preferably in nuclear engineering, energy generation or public policy pertaining to environmental affairs. I have direct experience in nano energy-transport, marketing and administration. I also enjoy the outdoors.
Peace, Love, Happiness and Trees.

Fang Xin (

Undergraduate Student
Fang is an exchange student from Tsinghua University, who majors in Engineering Mechanics. He is a senior student of Tsien Excellence in Education Program and comes here to do some research about nanoscale mass transfer.

Binqi Liu (

Undergraduate Student
Binqi is a senior student from Tsinghua University, China. Presently, he is working with Mohammad on experiment and theory about fluidic diode and enjoying visiting BU.