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Lecture: Learning from nature: Bio-inspired approach for enhanced phase change heat transfer

  Speaker: Wang Zuankai

  Theme: Learning from nature: Bio-inspired approach for enhanced phase change heat transfer

  Time: 10:00, March 16, 2017

  Venue: The lecture hall on the first floor of yifu building 

  Introduction of the theme

    Phase change is a classical thermodynamics process involving the phase transitions between liquid-vapor and solid. Over the past century, extensive efforts have been made in the understanding and controlling of phase transition due to its beauty in science and potential applications in the energy saving and national security, power generation, cooling and environment. However, traditional designs are subject to fundamental constraints imposed by the complexity of the multiscale and multiphase process. Learning from nature provides us new insights, new concept, and new methodology to design new surface and new platform to achieve advanced functionalities which are not available using the traditional methods. This talk will discuss our recent efforts in the developing a general bio-inspired approach that can fundamentally change the phase transitions for enhanced phase change heat transfer by controlling surface/interface morphology and chemistry.

  Biography of the speaker

    Dr. Zuankai Wang is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong. He was awarded the Changjiang Chair Professor by Ministry of Education of China in 2016. He earned his Ph. D. degree in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Dr. Wang has received many awards including the President’s Award at the City University of Hong Kong (2017, 2016), Outstanding Youth Award conferred by the International Society of Bionic Engineering (2016), OSA Young Scientist Award (2016), Chinese Government Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad Award (2007), and Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (2007 Fall Meeting, Boston). The PHD students he supervised have won a number of prestigious awards including Young 1000 Talent Plan (2017, two PHD graduates), MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2016 Fall Meeting, only two winners from China), Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award (2016), Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (2015), and MRS Graduate Student Silver Award (2015 Spring Meeting, only two winners from China).

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