Chao SUN


Address:Tsinghua University, Center for Combustion Energy, Beijing 100084, China
Office:Lee Shau Kee Science and Technology Building B-548
Tel:(+86) 10-62797805

Education Background

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

Work Experiences

2015-now   Professor, Center for Combustion Energy, Department of Energy and Power Engineering, and Department of Engineering Mechanics, 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

Other Professional Positions

Associate Editor of ‘International Journal of Multiphase Flow’

Editor of 'Journal of Turbulence'

Editorial Board member of 'Physical Review Fluids'

Editorial Board member of 'Acta Mechanica Sinica'

Editorial Advisory Board of 'Experiments in Fluids'

Editorial Board member of 'Journal of Hydrodynamics'

Governing board member of ‘ International Conference on Multiphase Flow’

Research Areas and 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

Honors and Awards

2021 Xplorer Prize (Tencent Foundation)

2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS Fellow)

2019 Plenary Speaker, the 10th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May, 2019.

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

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

Books and Patents


Journal Publications

Publications(ORCID: 0000-0002-0930-6343,Researcher ID: B-2743-2009)

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Selected Publications:

1. C. Wang, L. Yi, L. Jiang, C. Sun*, How do the finite-size particles modify the drag in Taylor–Couette turbulent flow, J. Fluid Mech. 937, A15 (2022).

2. Z. Wang, E. Calzavarini, C. Sun*, and F. Toschi, How the growth of ice depends on the fluid dynamics underneath, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 118 (10) e2012870118 (2021).

3. S. Lyu, H. Tan, Y. Wakata, X. Yang, C. K. Law, D. Lohse, and C. Sun*, On explosive boiling of a multicomponent Leidenfrost drop, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 118 (2), e2016107118 (2021).

4. Mingbo Li, X. Ma, J. Eisener, P. Pfeiffer, C.D. Ohl*, C. Sun*, How bulk nanobubbles are stable over a wide range of temperatures, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 5896, 184 (2021).

5. S. Liu, L. Jiang, C. Wang, and C. Sun*, Lagrangian dynamics and heat transfer in porous-media convection, J. Fluid Mech. 917, A12 (2021).

6. L. Yi, F. Toschi, and C. Sun*, Global and local statistics in turbulent emulsions, J. Fluid Mech. 912, A13 (2021).

7. H. Jiang, X. Zhu, D. Wang, S.G. Huisman, and C. Sun*, Supergravitational turbulent thermal convection, Science Advances 6, eabb8676 (2020).

8. V. Mathai, D. Lohse, C. Sun*, Bubbly and Buoyant Particle-Laden Turbulent Flows, Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys. 11, 529-559 (2020) [invited review].

9. S. Liu, L. Jiang, K.L. Chong, X. Zhu, Z. Wan, R. Verzicco, R. Stevens, D. Lohse and C. Sun*, From Rayleigh-Benard convection to porous-media convection: how porosity affects heat transfer and flow structure, J. Fluid Mech. 895, A18 (2020).

10. Z. Wang, V. Mathai, and C. Sun*, Self-sustained biphasic catalytic particle turbulence, Nature Communications 10, 3333 (2019). Covered by Nature Energy Highlight Section.

11. S. Lyu, V. Matha, Y. Wang, B. Sobac, P. Colinet, D. Lohse, and C. Sun*, Final fate of a Leidenfrost drop: explosion or take-off, Science Advances 5, eaav8081 (2019). Highlighted by Nature Reviews Physics.

12. X. Zhu, R. A. Verschoof, D. Bakhuis, S. G. Huisman, R. Verzicco, C. Sun*, and D. Lohse*, Wall roughness induces asymptotic ultimate turbulence, Nature Physics 14, 417-423 (2018).

13. H. Jiang, X. Zhu, V. Mathai, R. Verzicco, D. Lohse, and C. Sun*, Controlling heat transport and flow structures in thermal turbulence using ratchet surfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 044501 (2018).

14. 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).

15. S. Grossmann, D. Lohse*, and C. Sun*, High Reynolds number Taylor-Couette turbulence, Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 48, 53-80 (2016) [invited review].

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