Jie Feng

Jie Feng
Jie Feng
(217) 300-1952
4421 Mechanical Engineering Lab

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  • PhD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2016
  • MSc Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2011
  • BSc Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2009

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jan. 2019 - present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jul. 2018 - Jan. 2019
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2019

Resident Instruction

  • TAM 435 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, Fall 2021
  • ME 310 Fundamental Fluid Mechanics, Spring 2021
  • TAM 335 Introductory Fluid Mechanics, Spring 2019/Spring 2020/Fall 2020

Research Interests

  • We study micro-scale transport phenomena of structurally complex fluids and interfaces, to derive new insights in physico-chemical mechanisms and continuum-scale mechanics of multi-phase soft matter systems, as well as for their applications to solving some most challenging problems in environment remediation and human health, such as pollutant and disease control, oil recovery, drug delivery and nanomedicines. We actively tackle problems and explore new research directions by using microscopy, microfluidics, high-speed imaging and image analysis, materials processing and characterization. We also complement our experiments with theoretical modeling and numerical simulations, using ideas from fluid dynamics, polymer physics, colloidal science and biophysics. Our work is thus highly multi-disciplinary, combining expertise from engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science and biology. Our ultimate goal is to bridge fundamental research with meaningful and positive societal impacts. Currently, we focus on three key areas in our work: (1) Bubble dynamics with a compound interface (2) Vesicle responses in non-equilibrium environment (3) Polymer self-assembly for delivery and diagnostic

Selected Articles in Journals


  • R. K. Prud'homme, B. Powell, V. Pansare, N. Caggiano, J. Feng, Dihydromyricetin Spray-dried Dispersion Formulations and Methods for Forming them. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/767,197 filed November 14, 2018.
  • S. Shin, J. T. Ault, J. Feng, H. A. Stone. Zeta Potentiometer Using Diffusiophoresis and Diffusioosmosis. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/594,871, filed on Dec 5, 2017.
  • J. T. Ault,  S. Shin, H. A. Stone, J. Feng, P. Warren. Methods of Particle Manipulation and Analysis. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 16/210,760, filed on Dec 5, 2017.
  • R. K. Prud'homme, J. Feng, K. D. Ristroph, H. Lu, Y. Zhang, S. A. McManus, Cellulosic Polymer Nanoparticles and Methods for Forming them. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/557,744, filed on Sep 12, 2017.

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Physical Society (APS)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member, Controlled Release Society (CRS)

Research Honors

  • ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2019)
  • Research Support Award, Univ. of Illinois (2019)
  • Princeton's nominee for Blavatnik Regional Postdoctoral Award (2018)
  • Wallace Memorial Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University (2016)
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2016)
  • Wu Prize for Excellence, Princeton University (2015)
  • Eli and Britt Harari University Fellowship, Princeton University (2013)
  • Graduation with Highest Honors, Tsinghua University (2009, 2011)

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 310 - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • TAM 335 - Introductory Fluid Mechanics
  • TAM 435 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics