Assistant Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Huanshu Tan (谭唤书) joined the Southern University of Science and Technology as an assistant professor in December 2020. He works in the SUSTech Center for Complex Flows and Soft Matter Research and the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering. Huanshu 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. He 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. He has published several scientific papers as the first/corresponding author in top world journals like PNAS, Nature Communications, JFM, Science Advances, etc.

At SUSTech, his lab develops for studying multi-component fluid systems, which is essential to widespread technology, from chemical- and bio-engineering, nanotechnology, advanced material science to environmental engineering. His current research interest lies in mass transport, phase separation, interfacial flow, and colloidal migration in multicomponent fluid systems.

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:

2018.09 - 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



Multi-component droplets

Interfacial flows

Colloidal particles

Micro-fabrication techniques


Advanced continuum mechanics (graduate students)

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[17]. H. Tan*, A. Banerjee, N. Shi, X. Tang, A. Abdel-Fattah, T. M. Squires*. 2021. A two-step strategy for delivering particles to targets hidden within microfabricated porous media. Science Advances, 7(33), eabh0638.

[16]. L. T. Raju, O. Koshkina, H. Tan, A. Riedinger, K. Landfester*, D. Lohse, X. Zhang*. 2021. Particle size determines the shape of supraparticles in self-lubricating ternary droplets. ACS Nano, 15(3), 4256-4267.

[15]. S. Lyu, H. Tan, Y. Wakata, X. Yang, D. Lohse, C. Sun*. 2021. On explosive boiling of a Leidenfrost multicomponent drop. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(2), e2016107118.

[14]. 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.

[13]. 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.

[12]. 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.

[11]. 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.

[10]. 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.

[09]. 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.

[08]. 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.

[07]. 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

[06]. 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.

[05]. 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.

[04]. 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.

[03]. 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.

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

[01]. H. Tan, Y.X. Huang*, J. Meng. 2013. Hilbert-based vorticity statistics in two-dimensional turbulence. European Turbulence Conference–14.

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Our group @SUSTech has openings for Research Assistant Professors and Postdoctoral Researchers on a regular basis with fruitful salaries and benefits.  Contact email:

The candidate will work on research projects broadly related to complex flows, including but not limited to microfluidics, drops/bubbles, interfacial flows, and phase separation in multicomponent fluid systems. Candidates with either an experimental or theoretical background are welcome, and the successful applicant is expected to collaborate closely with other team members.

Documents for application:

(1) Cover letter with a statement of research interest;

(2) Curriculum vitae;

(3) Contact information of two referees;

Graduate students are always welcome to apply.

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