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Peichun-Amy-Tsai

Peichun Amy Tsai, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor

Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

About Me

Dr. Tsai is Canada Research Chair in Fluids and Interfaces. 

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (2007)
  • M.Sc., University of Toronto (2003)


Awards/Honors:

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Fluids and Interfaces, (2016 - 2020)
  • Stimulating Research Funds, The Netherlands (2009, 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship to Princeton University (2010)




Research

Research Interest:

Applied Fluid Mechanics & Interfacial Phenomena for Energy, Environmental, and Health Applications, using experiments and numerical simulations.

Research Activities: 

Nano- and Micro-Fluidics; Complex Fluids; Wetting; Evaporation; Drop Impact; Convection; Enhanced Oil Recovery; Porous Media Flow

Publications:

Recent Publications:

  • Convective mixing in homogeneous porous media flow
           Jia-Hau Ching, Peilong Chen, and P. A. Tsai*
           Physics Review Fluids 2, 014102 (2017)
           [ Abstract ]

  • Universal wetting transition of an evaporating water droplet on hydrophobic micro- and nano-structures
           A. Bussonniere, M. B. Bigdeli, D.Y. Chueh, Q. Liu, P. Chen, and P. A. Tsai*
           Soft Matter 13, 978, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02287A (2017)

  • Altering Emulsion Stability with Heterogeneous Surface Wettability
           M. Qiang, Y. Zhang, J. Li, R. Lammertink, H. Chen and P. A. Tsai*
           Scientific Reports 6, 26953 (2016)
           [ Abstract & Download from Nature Publication Group ]


  • Geometric confinement effects on ion transport and electrokinetic flows at the microscale
           A. Benneker, J. Wood, P. A. Tsai, and R. Lammertink
           Scientific Reports 6, 37236 (2016) 
           [ Abstract in Nature Publication Group ] 

  • Plasma-Liquid Interactions: A Review and Roadmap
           P. J. Bruggeman, M.J. Kushner, B.R. Locke, J.G.E. Gardeniers, et al., 
           Plasma Sources Science and Technology 25, 5, 053002 (2016)
           [ Abstract & Download ] 

  • Spatial site-patterning of wettability in a micro-capillary tube
           Y. Zhang, J. van Nieuwkasteele, M. Qiang, P. A. Tsai and R. Lammertink
           ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Letter 8 (17),10657 (2016)
           [ Abstract in ACS ] 

  • Dynamics of Micro-vortices Induced by Ion Concentration Polarization J. de Valenca, R. M. Wagterveld, R. Lammertink and P. A. Tsai* Physical Review E, Rapid Communications 92, 031003(R) (2015)
  • Formation and Prevention of Fractures in Sol-gel-derived Thin Films E. J. Kappert, D. Pavlenko, J. Malzbender, A. Nijmeijer, N. E. Benes* and P. A. Tsai* Soft Matter 11, 882 (2015).
  • The Graetz-Nusselt Problem Extended to Continuum Flows with Finite Slip A. S. Haase, S. J. Chapmon, P. A. Tsai, D. Lohse and R. Lammertink J. Fluid Mech. Rapids 764, R3 (2015).
  • How Microstructures Affect Air Film Dynamics prior to Drop Impact R. CA van der Veen, M. HW Hendrix, T. Tran, C. Sun, P. A. Tsai* and D. Lohse* Soft Matter, Rapid Communication 10, 3703 (2014) (Journal Cover).
  • Slippery Interfaces for Drag Reduction P. A. Tsai* J. Fluid Mech. 736, 1 (2013).
  • Rate of Gas Absorption on a Slippery Bubble Mattress E. Karatay, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink, Soft Matter, 9, 11098 (2013).
  • Momentum and Mass Transport over a Bubble Mattress: the Influence of Interface Geometry A. S. Haase, E. Karatay, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink, Soft Matter, 9, 8949 (2013).
  • Control of Slippage with Tunable Bubble Mattresses E. Karatay, A. S. Haase, C. W. Visser, C. Sun, D. Lohse, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 8422 (2013) (Highlighted by PNAS).
  • Density-driven Convection Enhanced by an Inclined Boundary: Implications for Geological CO2 Storage P. A. Tsai*, K. Riesing, and H. A. Stone Physical Review E, Rapid Communication 87, 011003(R) (2013) (Highlighted by Synopsis in Physics).
  • Control of Interfacial Instabilities Using Flow Geometry T. T. Al-Housseiny, P. A. Tsai, and H. A. Stone Nature Physics, 8, 747 (2012) (Highlighted by Physics Today and Nature Physics).
  • Microscopic Structure Influencing Macroscopic Splash at High Weber Number P. Tsai*, M. Hendrix, R. Dijkstra, L. Shui and D. Lohse Soft Matter, 7, 11325 (2011) (Journal Cover).
  • How Micropatterns and Air Pressure Affect Splashing on Surfaces P. Tsai*, R. C. A. van der Veen, M. van de Raa, and D. Lohse Langmuir, 26, 16090 (2010).
  • Evaporation-trigged Wetting Transition upon Hydrophobic Microstructures P. Tsai*, R. G. H. Lammertink, M. Wessling and D. Lohse Physical Review Letters, 104, 116102 (2010).