Assistant Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Huanshu Tan (谭唤书) studied for his bachelor degree (2011) at the Chongqing Jiaotong University and went on to study for a master degree (2014) at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Shanghai University. Huanshu obtained his Ph.D. degree in August 2018 from the Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. From 2018 to 2020, he worked as a postdoc researcher in the Squires' Group of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the USA. In December 2020, he joined the Southern University of Science and Technology as an assistant professor. Dr. Tan works in the SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research and the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering.

His research includes:

(1) Reveal and explain the evaporation-triggered phase separation phenomenon in evaporating multicomponent droplets. The relevant research includes evaporating ouzo droplets, the impact of the contact surface wettability on the droplet evaporation, phase separation-induced self-lubrication effect of the evaporating droplets, application of the self-lubrication effect on supraparticles fabrication. (Ph.D.)

(2) Propose a new strategy for delivering colloids to specific positions within porous media. The relevant research includes stabilizing emulsion droplets, generation and transportation of colloidal droplets, and micro-fabrication techniques. (Postdoc)

At SUSTech, his lab develops for studying Physico-chemical hydrodynamics, currently focusing on the mass-transfer-induced interfacial flow and phase separation phenomena in complex fluid systems. Physico-chemical hydrodynamics is essential to widespread technology, from chemical- and bio-engineering, nanotechnology, advanced material science to environmental engineering.

Personal Profile

Education background:

2007.09 - 2011.06,

Chongqing Jiaotong University, Bachelor

2011.09 - 2014.05,

Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Shanghai University, Master

2014.10 - 2018.08,

Physics of Fluids Group, University of Twente, Ph.D.


Work experience:

2018.08 - 2018.10

Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics of Fluids Group, University of Twente

2018.11 - 2020.10

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

2020.12 - present

Assistant professor, SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research & Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology



Evaporation and dissolution of droplets

Stabilization of emulsion droplets

Manipulation of colloids

Micro-fabrication techniques


Advanced continuum mechanics (graduated students)

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[14]. S. Lyu, H. Tan, Y. Wakata, X. Yang, D. Lohse, C. Sun*. 2020. On explosive boiling of a Leidenfrost multicomponent drop. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Accepted.

[13]. A. Banerjee, H. Tan, T.M. Squires*. 2020. Drop-in additives for suspension manipulation: Colloidal motion induced by sedimenting soluto-inertial beacons. Physical Review Fluids, 5, 073701.

[12]. H. Tan*, C. Diddens, A. A. Mohammed, J. Li, M. Versluis, X. Zhang*, D. Lohse*. 2019. Microdroplet nucleation by dissolution of a multicomponent drop in a host liquid. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 870, 217-246.

[11]. H. Tan, S. Wooh*, H. Butt, X. Zhang*, D. Lohse*. 2019. Porous supraparticle assembly through self-lubricating evaporating colloidal ouzo drops. Nature Communications, 10(1), 478.

[10]. X. Li, Y. Wang*, B. Zeng, Y. Li, H. Tan, H. Zandvliet, X. Zhang*, D. Lohse*. 2018. Entrapment and dissolution of microbubbles inside microwells. Langmuir, 34(36), 10659-10667.

[09]. Y. Li, P. Lv, C. Diddens, H. Tan, H. Wijshoff, M. Versluis, D. Lohse*. 2018. Evaporation-triggered segregation of sessile binary droplets. Physics Review Letter, 120(22), 224501.

[08]. L. Mandemaker, M. Filez, G. Delen, H. Tan, X. Zhang, D. Lohse, B.M. Weckhuysen*. 2018. Time-resolved in situ liquid-phase atomic force microscopy and infrared nanospectroscopy during the formation of metal–organic framework thin films. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 9(8), 1838-1844.

[07]. C. Diddens*, H. Tan, P. Lv, M. Versluis, J. Kuerten, X. Zhang, D. Lohse*. 2017. Evaporating pure, binary and ternary droplets: thermal effects and axial symmetry breaking. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 823, 470-497.

[06]. H. Tan, C. Diddens, M. Versluis, H. Butt, D. Lohse*, X. Zhang*. 2017. Self-wrapping of an ouzo drop induced by evaporation on a superamphiphobic surface. Soft Matter, 13(15), 2749-2759. Inside cover of the issue

[05]. H. Tan*, S. Peng, C. Sun, X. Zhang, D. Lohse. 2016. 3D spherical-cap fitting procedure for (truncated) sessile nano- and micro-droplets &-bubbles. European Physical Journal E, 39(11), 106. Cover of the issue.

[04]. S. Peng, I. Devic, H. Tan, D. Lohse, X. Zhang*. 2016. How a surface nanodroplet sits on the rim of a microcap. Langmuir, 32(23), 5744-5754.

[03]. H. Tan, C. Diddens, P. Lv, J. Kuerten, X. Zhang*, D. Lohse*. 2016. Evaporation-triggered microdroplet nucleation and the four life phases of an evaporating Ouzo drop. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(31), 8642-8647.

[02]. X. Zhang*, Z. Lu, H. Tan, L. Bao, Y. He, C. Sun, D. Lohse. 2015. Formation of surface nanodroplets under controlled flow conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(30), 9253-9257.

[01]. H. Tan, Y.X. Huang*, J. Meng. 2014. Hilbert statistics of vorticity scaling in two-dimensional turbulence. Physics, of Fluids, 26(1), 015106.


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