We are currently looking for passionate and highly-motivated Ph.D. students to carry out analytical and computational studies on micro-/nanofluidics and soft materials. The focus of our research group encompasses modeling the following phenomena: electrokinetic flows in confined geometries, deposition of colloidal particles during evaporation, dynamic self-assembly of nanoparticles, self-healing polymer nanocomposites, vesicle-particle interactions, and wetting and slip on superhydrophobic surfaces. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of our research, which spans mechanical engineering, physics and materials science, we invite students with various backgrounds to join our group. The candidate must have a strong background in theory and simulation and be proficient in C/C++. Experience in specific simulation techniques (molecular simulations, dissipative particle dynamics, or lattice Boltzmann method) is preferred, and knowledge of either statistical mechanics, fluid dynamics, interfacial phenomena or polymer physics is highly desirable. Interested students should send their curriculum vitae with a brief description of their research interests to Dr. Xin Yong at email@example.com for consideration.|
Dr. Xin Yong received his bachelor's degree in Physics from Peking University in China (2007), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012). His thesis was focused on revealing the underlying physics of slip at fluid-solid interfaces and designing nanoengineered low-friction surfaces by molecular simulations. Before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University, he was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh, where he applied various computational techniques to design bio-inspired functional materials, including regenerative nanocomposites, self-healing nanocarriers, and bioconjugate polymer systems. He has published multiple research articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals including Nano Letters, ACS Nano and Angewandte Chemie International Edition. His work has attracted wide attention and was featured in Nature Nanotechnology, BBC News and Yahoo News. His current research interests encompass micro-/nanofluidics, stimuli-responsive soft materials, colloidal self-assembly, and interfacial phenomena, with applications to renewable energy harvesting/conversion, nanotechnology, and next-generation advanced materials.
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