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 nanoscale energy conversion and storage based on nanofluidic platform.


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 second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University. His current research focuses on phase-change heat transfer.


Gregory Kollmer (


Graduate Student

Greg received his B.S.F.S. degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2012. After working in China as a teacher, Greg entered the Late Entry Accelerated Program at BU in 2013 with a concentration in mechanical engineering. His current research interests include carbon nanofluidics and droplet dynamics.