Henry Chu » Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

We develop fundamental knowledge and technologies to meet an increased demand for energy with minimal environmental impact. Examples of current focus areas include development of active and selective catalysts, advancing new strategies in membrane-based separations, and introduction of next-generation semiconductors for energy research.


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Henry Chu

Assistant Professor
Website: Chu Group


The theme of our research is heterogeneous soft matter transport and design, covering topics such as complex fluid dynamics, colloid and interface science, electrokinetics, and rheology. Our research develops predictive multi-scale computational tools (e.g. particle/fluid dynamics simulations) and fundamental theory (e.g. asymptotic/scaling analyses) to address emerging NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering in these research areas, emphasizing on close collaboration with experimental groups to translate knowledge into applications.  Examples of applications include enhanced oil recovery, COsequestration, smart materials assembly, sustained drug delivery, engineered functional surfaces, 3D printing, adaptive micro-robots, and microfluidic energy harvesting.

For details of available projects and information of our group, see http://www.chugroup.site


Ph.D., 2017, Cornell University
M.Phil., 2012, The University of Hong Kong
B.Eng., 2010, The University of Hong Kong

Awards & Distinctions

  • Cornell University Research Travel Grant Award, Cornell University, 2016
  • Clyde W. Mason Scholar, Cornell University, 2013
  • Olin Fellow, Cornell University, 2012
  • Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Research Postgraduate Award, The University of Hong Kong, 2012
  • Fong’s Scholar in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, 2010

selected Publications

  • H. C. W. Chu, S. Garoff, R. D. Tilton and A. S. Khair (2020). Advective-diffusive spreading of diffusiophoretic colloids under transient solute gradients, Soft Matter, 16, 238-246.
  • H. C. W. Chu, S. Garoff, R. D. Tilton and A. S. Khair (2020). Dispersion in steady and time-oscillatory flows through an eccentric annulus, AIChE Journal, 66, e16831.
  • H. C. W. Chu and R. N. Zia (2019). Toward a nonequilibrium Stokes-Einstein relation via active microrheology of hydrodynamically interacting colloidal dispersions, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 539, 388-399.
  • H. C. W. Chu and R. N. Zia (2017). The non-Newtonian rheology of hydrodynamically interacting colloids via active, nonlinear microrheology, Journal of Rheology, 61, 551-574.
  • C. O. Ng and H. C. W. Chu (2011). Electrokinetic flows through a parallel-plate channel with slipping stripes on walls, Physics of Fluids, 23, 102002.