The Bioinspired Thermal Fluid (BTF) lab at UTD is inviting creative, motivated and open-minded Post-Doc, Ph.D., Master and Undergraduate candidates in any science and engineering departments to join us, as long as you have interests in our lab.

Our objective is to solve the energy, water and health problems in our society. Our research is interdisciplinary. Candidates with interests in the following areas are encouraged to apply. 

  1. Fundamentals of wetting, condensation, boiling, and evaporation;
  2. Advanced manufacture, nanofabrication, MEMS, and surface modification;
  3. Thermal management (of smartphones, batteries, LED, electronics, and power systems);
  4. Superhydrophobic surfaces, polymers, soft materials, and 2D materials; 
  5. Anti-biofouling, bio-sensing, and solar thermal. 

Our work has been published in some highly recognized journals, including Science Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ACS Nano, Applied Physics Letters, and International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Particularly, our recent paper entitled “Slippery Wenzel State” ranks NO. 1 among the most read articles in ACS Nano from Oct. 2015 to Sep. 2016. Our work has been reported by prestigious media, such as CCTV, NSF Science360, Science Daily, Phys.Org, Innovation Toronto, ChemEurope, Iran Daily, and China Daily. Please refer to the “Publication” and “Media” pages.

If you are interested in joining us, please send Prof. Dai (email: the following documents:

Your full CV (with GPA, TOEFL and GRE scores; working experiences; publications), and electronic copy of transcripts;

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