Dr. Xili Duan is leading a Thermal Fluids and Energy Research Team in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Memorial University. We conduct fundamental research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, with applications in energy systems. We have particular interests in phase change heat transfer (such as boiling, freezing and melting), multiphase flow (including nanofluids), and thermal hydraulic dynamics at the solid-liquid interface. The applications include thermal (including solar thermal) energy storage, thermal management, flow assurance in subsea pipelines, oil-water-gas separation equipment, as well as asset integrity and safety management in harsh environment.


We always look for motivated students with strong background in thermal fluids to join our team. For Master and PhD studies please check the School of Graduate Studies website for admission requirements and application. Normally we only admit candidates who meet the SGS funding requirements (Level A, GPA > 80%). Preference will be given to students with thermal fluid research experience and previous publication records. Our research requires skills in experimentation, analytical or numerical modeling on heat transfer, multiphase flow, and nanofluids. The tools we use include PIV, infrared thermometry, and CFD tools such as Fluent, COMSOL, and Lattice Boltzmann methods. Interested candidates please send CV in PDF format to Dr. Duan. Note that only selected candicates will be contacted for an interview. Please don't send multiple inquiries.

NEW Openings: (1) There is one opening for a visiting PhD student or research scholar in the general area of interfacial fluid dynamics and heat transfer. (2) One opening for a MEng student working on advanced surface technology for icing protection.


June 2019, members from our group (Khalifa, Mona) attended and presented research work at the 17th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels in St. John’s, Canada.

June 2019, a few members from our group (Daqian, Mona, Weiwei, Dr. Duan) attended and presented research at the CSME-CFDSC Congress in London, Canada.

June 2019, welcome new MEng student Seyedabbas Rasouli to our group. Abbas works on metal meshes with super-wettability for oil-water separation (co-supervised with Dr. Zendehboudi)

May 2019, Kewei and Mona presented posters of their research on the Memorial University Engineering Research Day.

May 2019, welcome new MEng student Haseeb M. Javed to our group. Haseeb will work on experimental study on the wind-powered heat generator.

Congratulations to Parisa, Runfeng and Xin and for publishing their research on top level journals.

March 2019, congratulations to Dr. Duan for receiving the Terra Nova Young Innovator Award. see link here

Febuary 2019, congratulations to Parisa for her work on corrosion characterization of 3-D printed alloy materials accepted for publication on the Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

January 2019, congratulations to Runfeng for publication of our work of advanced composite phase change materials on Applied Thermal Engineering.

December 2018, continue our group tradition – New Year's group lunch at City Light!

December 2018, congratulations to Runfeng for best presentation award at the 2018 International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering in Beijing, China. His presentation is "Nanoparticle – paraffin – tailing ceramic composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage".

December 2018, Dr. Duan met with research collaborators from China University of Petroleum and Research Institute of CNOOC. We will soon lunch our Ocean Energy Research Initiative.

November 2018, welcome to PhD student Anup Fouzder. Anup will be working on numerical study of an ocean energy system under the co-supervision of Dr. J. Yang.

November 2018, Our group research is featured at the latest CSME Bulletin see here.

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