2017 Summer



Chuanhua Duan (duan@bu.edu)

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.


Quan Xie (quanxie@bu.edu)

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.

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Siyang (Sean) Xiao (seanxiao@bu.edu)

Graduate Student
Sean received his B.E. degree in Thermal & Power Engineering at Chongqing University, China in 2013, and his M.S. degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, USA in 2016. Before he joined Boston University, he focused on application of microfluidics in oil recovery under instruction of Prof. Sibani Lisa Biswal in Rice University. He now works on topics related to Graphene based Nanofluidics in NEFT.


Rami Yazbeck (ramiyaz@bu.edu)

Graduate Student

Rami received his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University in 2016. During which he was a research assistant at Process Control Laboratory, for over a year where he worked on optimizing air flow and improving energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and His current research focuses on label-free detection techniques for biomarkers.


Haowen Chen (haowenc@bu.edu)

Graduate Student

Haowen Chen received  his B.E degree in Heat, Ventilation and Air Condition from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2016. Before he came to Boston University, he worked in Prof. Jiankai Dong’s group about High speed railway deicing. And now he is pursuing an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His research interest is on evaporation in Nano-pore. 


Yixin Xu (xuyx@bu.edu)

Graduate Student

Yixin received her B.E. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China in 2017. In SUSTech, Yixin worked as research assistant at MEMS lab under, where she focused on investigating the electret deposition method and its application in energy harvester under the guidance of Professor Fei Wang. She is currently a first-year Ph.D student in Boston University.



Mohammad Amin Alibakhshi (amin@bu.edu)

Ph.D. Student, graduated in 2016
Mohammad now works as Post-doc with Prof. Meni Wanunu in Northeastern University.


Yinxiao Li (yinxiao@bu.edu)

Ph.D. Student, graduated in 2016
Yinxiao now works at Sensata Technologies, Inc.


Ching-Wen (Andy) Lo (chlo@bu.edu)

Visiting graduate student. Andy received his Ph.D. degree in National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 2017.

Binqi Liu (liubq12@bu.edu)

Exchange undergraduate student from Tsinghua University, China.

Fang Xin (xinf12@bu.edu)

Exchange undergraduate student from Tsinghua University, China.

Frank Schwamborn (frankjsk@bu.edu)

Undergraduate Student

Elbert Foo (fooe@bu.edu)

Undergraduate Student

Zuzhao Ye (zzye@bu.edu)

Graduate Student