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Chao Sun

Name: Chao Sun

Title: Professor

Tel: 010 62797805


Add: Room B548, Lee Shau Kee Science and Technology Building, Tsinghua University


2003-2006 Ph.D, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2001-2003 M. Phil., The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2000-2001 M. Sc. Student, Lanzhou University

1996-2000 B. Sc., Lanzhou University

Professional Experience

2015-now  Professor, Center for Combustion Energy, and Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University

2013-2015  Associate Professor, Physics of Fluids Group, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands

2009-2013  Assistant Professor, Physics of Fluids Group, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands

2007-2009  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Physics of Fluids Group, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands

2006-2007  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Physics Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of experimental fluid mechanics. The current interests of research are as follows.   

- Multiphase flows: particle-laden flows, bubbly flows, and drag reduction

- High-Reynolds-number turbulence: Taylor-Couette flow, thermal convection, and bubbly turbulence

- Bubbles and drops: droplet impact, droplet collision, and bubble dynamics

- Microfluidics: ultra-fast micro-jets/droplets and their applications

Editorial Board

Associate Editor of ‘International Journal of Multiphase Flow’ (Elsevier)

Member of the Editorial Board of ‘Journal of Hydrodynamics’ (Elsevier) and ‘Chinese Journal of Hydrodynamics’

Honors and Awards

2015 Keynote Speaker, the 15th European Turbulence Conference (ETC15), Delft, the Netherlands

2015 One of the lecturers of the CISM (International Centre for Mechanical Sciences) course on `Dynamics of Bubbly Flows'

2015 “National Thousand Talents Plan” Recipient

2014 VIDI Laureate, Young Talent Programme, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, Dutch Science Foundation (NWO)

2014 Member of the Young Academy of the University of Twente

2012 Paper selected to be in New Journal of Physics - Highlights of 2012 and 2013 collections


More than 80 papers published in refereed scientific journals, including 1 paper in Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 24 papers in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 13 papers in Physical Review Letters.

Selected Publications

1   S. Grossmann, D. Lohse, and C. Sun, High Reynolds Number Taylor-Couette Turbulence, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 48, 53–80 (2016) (Invited review).

2   M. Shirota, M. A. J. van Limbeek, C. Sun, A. Prosperetti, and D. Lohse, Dynamic Leidenfrost effect: relevant time- and length-scales, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 064501 (2016).

3   V. N. Prakash, J. Martinez, L. van Wijngaarden, E. Mancilla, Y. Tagawa, D. Lohse, and C. Sun, Energy spectra in turbulent bubbly flows, J. Fluid Mech. 791, 174-190 (2016).   

4   V. Mathai, V. N. Prakash, J. Brons, C. Sun, D. Lohse, Wake-driven dynamics of finite-sized light spheres in turbulence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 124501 (2015).

5   C.W. Visser, M. Gielen, Z. Hao, S. Le Gac, D. Lohse, and C. Sun, Quantifying Cell Adhesion through Impingement of a Controlled Microjet, Biophys. J. 108, 23–31 (2015) Video highlighted in Biophysical Journal.

6   F. Nordsiek, S.G. Huisman, R.C.A. van der Veen, C. Sun, D. Lohse, and D.P. Lathrop, Azimuthal velocity profiles in Rayleigh-stable Taylor–Couette flow and implied axial angular momentum transport, J. Fluid Mech. 774, 342-362 (2015)

7   C. Sun and Q. Zhou, Experimental techniques for turbulent Taylor--Couette flow and Rayleigh--Benard convection, Nonlinearity 27 (2014) R89-R121 (Invited review).

8   S. G. Huisman, R. van der Veen, C. Sun and D. Lohse, Multiple states in highly turbulent Taylor-Couette flow, Nature Commun. 5, 3820 (2014).

9   S. G. Huisman, S. Scharnowski, C. Cierpka, C. J. Kähler, D. Lohse, and C. Sun, Logarithmic boundary layers in highly turbulent Taylor-Couette flow, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 264501 (2013).

10   Y. Tagawa, J. van der Molen, L. van Wijngaarden, and C. Sun, Wall forces on a sphere in a rotating liquid-filled cylinder, Phys. Fluids 25, 063302 (2013).

11   R. C. A. van der Veen, T. Tran, D. Lohse, and C. Sun, Direct measurements of air layer profiles under impacting droplets using high-speed color interferometry, Phys. Rev. E 85, 026315 (2012).

12   C. Sun, T. Mullin, L. van Wijngaarden and D. Lohse, Drag and lift forces on a counter-rotating cylinder in rotating flow, J. Fluid Mech. 664, 150-173 (2010).

13   C. Sun, E. Can, R. Dijkink, D. Lohse, and A. Prosperetti, Growth and collapse of a vapor bubble in a microtube: the role of thermal effects, J. Fluid Mech. 632, 5-16 (2009).




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