We develop mathematical theories, AI-based algorithms, and computational simulations across the atomistic, particle, and continuum levels to model chemical engineering processes, with the aims of gaining fundamental scientific knowledge and devising next-generation applications in in-space manufacturing, renewable energy, drug delivery, geological formation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and membrane-based separation.
Henry ChuAssistant Professor
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, CO2 sequestration, 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
- 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.