Thermal-Fluid Interfacial Engineering group is focused on understanding the fundamentals of liquid-liquid and liquid-solid interactions in the micro/nanoscale for enhancing efficiency and reliability in power generation/consumption, water purification/separation, oil & gas production/processing, and transportation industries. Our group design surfaces and interfaces and study their interaction with single and multiphase systems.
Particular areas of interest include:
Studying fundamentals of ice/snow interaction with surfaces and developing active, passive, and administrative strategies for mitigating ice, snow, and frost accumulation issues.
Exploring fundamentals of fluid-solid interaction in single or multiphase systems, especially phase change processes (i.e. boiling, condensation, and freezing).
Developing strategies for flow assurance in the oil & gas industry (i.e. nucleation and adhesion of hydrates, asphaltene, and scale).
Developing reliable solutions for oil/water separation and emulsion formation.