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.

NEW Opening: I plan to take one more graduate student, MEng or PhD, to work in the thermal fluids area with a special application on sustainable energy. Interested students please contact me by email. Only selected candicates will be contacted for an interview. Please don't send multiple inquiries.


September 2018, welcome to Co-OP student Sadman Rhythm joining our group. Sadman will work with Kewei to research on droplet dynamics and icing adhesion.

May 2018, welcome to Ian Mullett who joined our group with a NSERC USRA award. Ian will study Heat Transfer with Nanofluids.

May 2018, Dr. Duan was recognized by the Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering and Journal of Molecular Liquids for his "Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing".

May 2018, Congradulations to Cong, Yuntao, Vahit and Mustafa for finishing their MEng programs! Best luck guys for your future career!

January, 2018, Welcome to new MEng student Mona Amiriafshar to join our group. Mona will investigate coatings on metal surfaces in harsh environments and the related corrosion performance.

January, 2018, Dr. Duan works as Session Organizer for the 3rd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference (TFEC) to be held in Fort Lauderdale in March 2018.

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