Check out the newly-launched website for the Preston Innovaton Lab at Rice University! Research areas include energy, materials, fluids, and more. We are curently recruiting postdocs and graduate students to start in fall of 2019.
We developed an approach that predicts a priori whether an arbitrary combination of solid and lubricant will repel a given impinging fluid and, in doing so, revealed new insights about LIS (image copyright ACS Publications 2017).
We developed a vertically translating and angularly deflecting MEMS stage without any solid-solid contact to overcome friction-induced failure. The stage is actuated by electrowetting (image copyright AIP Publishing 2016).
I grew these nanowires as part of a study on jumping droplets. When functionalized with a hydrophobic coating, the high roughness and low solid fraction of the nanowires are favorable for jumping. Scale bar is 200 nm.
I worked with the DRL from June 2012 to September 2017. The DRL investigates heat and mass transport processes at the micro- and nano-scales to discover new functionalities and realize new technologies for energy, thermal management, water desalination, and biological systems.