Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Zhigang LI 李志剛
PhD, Delaware
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Li got his B.S. (1996) from Harbin Engineering University, M.Eng. (1999) from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of Delaware. He was a post doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2007. His research spans several areas in mechanical engineering, including nanoscience, microfluidics, and nonlinear dynamics/chaos.

Teaching Activities

MECH5280 Statistical Mechanics and Transport Phenomena


Research Interests

Nanoscale fluid and biomolecule transport
Nonlinear dynamics/chaos
Numerical simulations (MD, MC, DPD)

Research Projects

  • RGC/GRF: Pump-Free Micro/Nanofluidic Systems for Chip-Level Cooling, PI, 1/2011–12/2013.
  • ITF: Design and testing of cyclone-lens systems for bagless vacuum cleaners, PI, 10/2010-6/2012.
  • RPC: A Molecular Understanding of Gas-Nanotube/ Nanowire  Interactions: Toward Ultrasensitive Nanosensors, PI, 6/2010–8/2012.
  • RGC/CRF: Understanding the coupling of mass-transport and electrochemical reactions in the nanostructured fuel cell electrodes, Co-I, 6/2012-6/2015


Selected Publications

  • Chong Liu and Zhigang Li, Molecular dynamics simulation of composite nanochannels as nanopumps driven by symmetric temperature gradients, Physical Review Letters 105, 174501 (2010) (Featured in Physical Review Focus
  • Longquan Chen and Zhigang Li, Critical droplet volume for spontaneous capillary wrapping, Applied Physics Letters 97, 124103 (2010).
  • Longquan Chen and Zhigang Li, Bouncing droplets on nonsuperhydrophobic surfaces, Physical Review E 82, 016308 (2010).
  • Chong Liu, Hai-Bo Fan, Kai Zhang, Matthew M. F. Yuen, and Zhigang Li, Flow dependence of interfacial thermal resistance in nanochannels, J. Chemical Physics 132, 094703 (2010) (Selected as a JCP research highlight).
  • Zhigang Li, Critical particle size where the Stokes-Einstein relation breaks down, Physical Review E 80, 061204 (2009).
  • Chong Liu and Zhigang Li, Flow regimes and parametric competitions in nanochannel flows, Physical Review E 80, 036302 (2009).
  • Zhigang Li, Surface effects on friction-induced fluid heating in nanochannel flows, Physical Review E 79, 026312 (2009).
  • Zhigang Li and German Drazer, Separation of Suspended Particles by Arrays of Obstacles in Microfluidic Devices, Physical Review Letters 98, 050602 (2007).
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