8/16/17: . The NIFI group is working with Proctor & Gamble to develop a novel type of anti-perspirant. Hopefully the research will be no sweat!
7/18/17: Our paper on enhanced jumping-droplet condensation has been published in ACS Nano. Congrats to Farzad, and a big congrats to Megan for getting a first-author paper as an undergraduate!
7/17/17: Congrats to Saurabh Nath for graduating with his Master’s degree and receiving a prestigious scholarship to pursue his PhD under David Quéré! We will miss Saurabh’s brainstorming skills and his infectious love of scaling analysis!
7/11/17: Our work on dynamic defrosting was covered by Yahoo! News.
6/27/17: Our paper on dynamic defrosting has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats to Kevin!
5/3/17: Prof. Boreyko has received the 2017 Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor.
5/2/17: Congrats to Saurabh, who won a Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award for best MS Poster Presentation (3rd place)!
Jonathan Boreyko, Principal Investigator
Jonathan Boreyko is an Assistant Professor of Mechanics at Virginia Tech, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM). Dr. Boreyko received B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Trinity College (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University (2012) under Professor Chuan-Hua Chen. Prof. Boreyko has recently won the AFOSR YIP Award, the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award; his research has been covered by Science Magazine, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada, and Popular Science. His current research interests include condensation and frost phenomena, fabricating micro/nano-patterned surfaces with special wettability, and designing fluidic systems inspired by nature for heat transfer and water harvesting applications.
Farzad Ahmadi received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Azad University of Khorasgan (Isfahan) in 2009 and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Shariff University of Technology in 2012. Farzad joined the NIFI group in August 2014 and his current research interests include the dynamic wettability of natural organisms and phase transitions of vehicular traffic flow.
Ranit Mukherjee earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 2014 and also has two years of industry experience working in the Boiler & Heater division of Thermax Ltd. Ranit joined the NIFI group in August 2016 with an interest in researching jumping-droplet condensation and developing novel vapor chamber systems.
Kevin Murphy received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2016. Kevin joined the NIFI group as an undergraduate and as of August 2016 is continuing his research as graduate researcher. He is interested in condensation and frost phenomena and developing novel vapor chamber systems.
Weiwei Shi received her B.S. and Master’s degrees in Applied Chemistry from BeiHang University. She joined the NIFI group in August 2016 and her research interests include synthetic trees, oil-infused surfaces, and fog harvesting.
Daniel Cusumano is a junior and joined NIFI in January 2017. He is currently researching Leidenfrost phenomena.
Zaara Dean is a sophomore and joined the NIFI group in May 2017. She is interested in the wettability of duck feathers.
Lance De Koninck is a sophomore and joined the NIFI group in June 2017. He is interested in anti-frosting surface materials.
Christian Kingett is a sophomore and joined the NIFI group in May 2017. He is one of the lucky few who get paid to play with bubbles all day.
Julia O’Brien is a sophomore at Virginia Tech in the Mechanical Engineering department. She joined the NIFI group in May 2017 and is interested in synthetic trees and ice nucleating particles.
Ziad Rashed is a junior at Virginia Tech in the BEAM Department. He joined the NIFI group in December 2015 and is currently researching oil-infused surfaces.
Corey Spohn is a senior and joined the NIFI group in January 2017. Corey is engineering anti-frosting surfaces and studying the dynamics of inter-droplet ice bridging.
Katherine Witt is a junior in the BEAM Department at Virginia Tech. She joined the NIFI group in January 2016 and is researching emerging frost and ice email@example.com
Mohammad Habibi was a graduate student in the NIFI group from 2014-16. His research focus was on engineering oil-infused surfaces for reduced hysteresis and drag applications.
Saurabh Nath got his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 2014. He joined the NIFI group in August 2014 and is interested in multiphase interfacial phenomena such as inter-droplet frost growth and water droplets floating on oil.
Austin Berrier was our very first undergraduate researcher! From 2014-16, he researched synthetic trees and jumping-droplet condensation.
Caitlin Bisbano was an undergraduate researcher in the NIFI group from 2015-16. She researched the hygroscopic properties of ice and the dynamics of condensation growth on plants. Caitlin received her B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics in December 2016 and subsequently pursued graduate studies at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Grady Iliff was in NIFI from 2016-17 studying anti-frosting surfaces and the wettability of wheat plants.
Megan Mulroe was in our group from 2015-17researching jumping-droplet condensation. Megan received the 2016 Louis And Dianne Sharpe Undergraduate Scholarship, won a best poster prize at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society, and published a first-author paper in ACS Nano.
Matthew Roseveare was in our group from 2016-17 researching synthetic trees and freezing droplets.
Josh Vieitez was in the NIFI group from 2016-17 researching synthetic trees.