1/9/18: Our study on the latent heat of traffic flows was covered by WVTF Virginia Public Radio and was picked up by NBC News Radio. It was also covered by Engineering.com, The Roanoke Star, WDBJ Channel 7 News, Indian news site The Wire, and VT News.
12/18/17: Our NSF Career research on synthetic trees was featured in the first issue of Virginia Tech Engineer magazine.
11/22/17: Our paper on the latent heat of traffic flows has been published in the New Journal of Physics and was the #1 most read article in December. Congrats to Farzad and the rest of the team!
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!
Teaching & Outreach
ESM 5334: Interfacial Fluid Mechanics
Description: This is a brand new course created by Prof. Boreyko, that should be of interest to any grad students or seniors doing research related to fluid mechanics or phase-change heat transfer. Analytical techniques such as scaling analysis and non-dimensionalization will be learned and subsequently applied to model a variety of phenomena including capillarity, surface wettability, hydrodynamics of interfaces, flow instabilities, long range forces of thin films, convective and diffusive boundary layers, phase stability, homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, two-phase flows, and phase-change heat transfer systems.
Our research group runs summer camp modules in conjunction with the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). In 2016, our “Jumping Drops and Ice Bridges!” camp showcased visually exciting examples of phase-change phenomena such as jumping-droplet condensation and inter-droplet ice bridging, and included hands-on activities in the PI’s laboratory. This module was used for 4 groups of high-school female students (C-Tech2 Camp) and also for 4 groups of middle school students (Imagination Camp) during Summer 2016.
Playing a game outside to demonstrate how frost growth works.
Hands-on demonstration of inter-droplet frost growth using a digital camera, microscope, cold stage, and humidity chamber.
Bio-Inspired Science & Technology (BIST)
Prof. Boreyko is a founding member of the Bio-Inspired Science & Technology (BIST) Center, which provides a collaborative platform for interdisciplinary research between engineering and the life sciences. If you are interested in being a part of BIST, we are currently meeting on Tuesdays at 12pm in Goodwin 440 for pizza and discussions.
Art & Science Integration
Prof. Boreyko believes that art is a powerful way to communicate scientific concepts, both to technical and general audiences. Sallie Wolf, an artist based in Chicago, provided a watercolor illustration to complement the journal article ‘Dynamic morphologies of microscale droplet interface bilayers’, which was featured on the back cover of Soft Matter. He has also collaborated with Mary Katherine Chin, an art teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Oak Ridge, TN, to create the artwork and logo for his Nature-Inspired Fluids & Interfaces Lab. If you are an artist or photographer interested in collaborating with Prof. Boreyko, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.