Dr. Xili Duan is leading a research team on Interfacial Thermal Fluids and Energy 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 conversion and storage, thermal management, oil-water-gas separation,drag reduction for pipelines and marine vessels, as well as icing protection in harsh environment.

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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 interfacial phenomina. The experimental tools we use include contact angle instrument, rheometer, PIV, LDV, infrared thermometry. The numerical tools include Ansys Fluent and CFX,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: Graduate student positions (PhD and MEng) are now open for September 2023 start. The research work include (1) coupled aero-hydro-dynamics of offshore structures, and (2) hydrodynamics of marine vessel with advanced coating.


The 2023 CSME International Congress will be held at the Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (QC), from May 28-31, 2023. As a part of the conference, the Symposium on Advanced Energy Systems provides a unique platform to share knowledge advancements, cutting-edge research and innovative industrial applications among researchers and industry experts. Researchers in the field of energy systems (conventional and renewable) are invited to submit an abstract or full-length paper of their work for presentation at the conference. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2023. More details are provided in the attached call for papers.

January 2023. Congratulations to Elaheh for finishing her MEng program!

October 2022. Congratulations to Kewei for finishing his PhD program and receiving the award of Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies!

October 2022. Dr. Duan is selected to serve as chair of the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships Committee.

September 2022, welcome new PhD student Seyed Shahram Khalilinezhad to our research team. Shahram will be working on drag reduction with smart coating in collaboration with GIT.

May 2022, Congratulations to Andrew for finishing his MEng program and starting work with MDA as a Structural Analyst in Montreal.

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