6/25/19: Prof. Boreyko has received the 2019 Outstanding Early Career Award from ASME ICNMM.
6/19/19: Can plants sneeze? Read our new paper featured on the cover of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface to find out! Congrats to NIFI students Saurabh, Farzad, Stuti, and Caitlin! Also, a big thanks to our collaborators Hope and David!
6/18/19: Prof. Boreyko has received the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the ASEE.
6/18/19: Our paper on freezing bubbles has been published in Nature Communications! Congrats to Farzad, Saurabh, and Christian, and to our collaborator Pengtao.
5/29/19: Congrats to Lance for winning an undergraduate research scholarship from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium!
5/29/19: Congrats to Hyunggon for winning the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2019 Soft Matter and Biological Physics Symposium!
5/13/19: A huge congrats to Farzad for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Farzad is not only NIFI's first PhD, he also won this year's Outstanding CoE Doctoral Student Award. Farzad, thanks for all you've done over the past 5 years, and for setting the bar high for the NIFI lab!
5/7/19: Congrats to Pranav for winning 1st-place MS student for the Torgerson Research Excellence Award!
4/15/19: Congrats to Kaavya for winning the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Award!
4/3/19: Our paper on how surface orientation affects jumping-droplet condensation has been published in Joule. Congrats to Ranit for getting accepted in this prestigious new journal by Cell Press! Also, congrats to undergraduate co-authors Austin and Joshua for getting two papers published in the same week!
Jonathan Boreyko, Principal Investigator
Jonathan Boreyko is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Boreyko received B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Trinity College (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University (2012) under Professor Chuan-Hua Chen. Prof. Boreyko has recently won the AFOSR YIP Award, the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award; his research has been covered by Science Magazine, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada, and Popular Science. His current research interests include condensation and frost phenomena, fabricating micro/nano-patterned surfaces with special wettability, and designing fluidic systems inspired by nature for heat transfer and water harvesting applications.
Farzad Ahmadi received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Azad University of Khorasgan (Isfahan) in 2009 and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2012. Farzad joined the NIFI group in August 2014 and his myriad research interests include anti-icing surfaces, freezing phenomena, jumping-droplet condensation, the dynamic wettability of natural organisms, and phase transitions of vehicular traffic flows.
Mojtaba Edalatpour received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Miami University. He joined NIFI in Spring 2019 and is developing novel thermal diode devices.
Ranit Mukherjee earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 2014 and also has two years of industry experience working in the Boiler & Heater division of Thermax Ltd. Ranit joined the NIFI group in August 2016 with an interest in researching jumping-droplet condensation and developing novel vapor chamber systems.
Kevin Murphy received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2016. Kevin joined the NIFI group as an undergraduate and as of August 2016 is continuing his research as graduate researcher. He is interested in condensation and frost phenomena and developing novel vapor chamber systems.
Hyunggon Park joined the NIFI group in Fall 2018. He is interested in the fluid dynamics of droplets impacting spore-laden plants or icy surfaces.
Weiwei Shi received her B.S. and Master’s degrees in Applied Chemistry from BeiHang University. She joined the NIFI group in August 2016 and her research interests include synthetic trees, oil-infused surfaces, and fog harvesting.
Pranav Shukla joined the NIFI group in August 2017 and is researching the effects of liquid-impregnated surfaces on evaporation.
Viverjita Umashankar joined the NIFI group in August 2018 and is researching the water harvesting and filtration capabilites of synthetic trees.
Zaara Dean is a junior and joined the NIFI group in May 2017. She is interested in the wettability of duck feathers.
Andrew Fugaro joined the NIFI group as a sophomore in August 2017. He is interested in the dynamics of water droplets interacting with ice.
Lance De Koninck is a sophomore and joined the NIFI group in June 2017. He is interested in anti-frosting surface materials.
Christian Kingett is a junior and joined the NIFI group in May 2017. He is one of the lucky few who get paid to play with bubbles all day.
Julia O’Brien is a sophomore at Virginia Tech in the Mechanical Engineering department. She joined the NIFI group in May 2017 and is interested in synthetic trees and ice nucleating particles.
Mohammad Habibi was a graduate student in the NIFI group from 2014-16. His research focus was on engineering oil-infused surfaces for reduced hysteresis and drag applications.
Saurabh Nath was the very first graduate student to join the NIFI group in August 2014. He received his Master's in 2017 for his thesis titled Condensation Frosting: From Ice Bridges to Dry Zones, and subsequently accepted a prestigious offer to pursue his Ph.D. under David Quere at ESPCI in Paris, France.
Austin Berrier was our very first undergraduate researcher, joining in Fall 2014! A true Renaissance man, Austin researched synthetic trees, jumping-droplet condensation, and vehicular traffic flow before graduating with his B.S. in Spring 2017.
Caitlin Bisbano was an undergraduate researcher in the NIFI group from 2015-16. She researched the hygroscopic properties of ice and the dynamics of condensation growth on plants. Caitlin received her B.S. in December 2016 and subsequently pursued graduate studies at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Stuti Budhiraja was a visiting undergraduate researcher from the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women. She visited in Summer 2017 to research jumping-droplet condensation.
Daniel Cusumano joined NIFI in January 2017. He researched Leidenfrost phenomena and graduated in December 2018.
Grady Iliff was in NIFI from 2016-17 studying anti-frosting surfaces and the wettability of wheat plants. His research on anti-frosting surfaces was a national finalist in the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition. He subsequently accepted a research position at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Megan Mulroe was in our group from 2015-17 researching jumping-droplet condensation. Megan received the 2016 Louis And Dianne Sharpe Undergraduate Scholarship, won a best poster prize at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society, and published a first-author paper in ACS Nano. Megan graduated in 2017 and subsequently accepted a job offer at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
Ziad Rashed joined the NIFI group in December 2015 and researched oil-infused surfaces and synthetic trees. He graduated in May 2018 and is pursuing graduate studies at Georgia Tech.
Matthew Roseveare was in our group from 2016-17, researching synthetic trees and freezing droplets.
Corey Spohn joined the NIFI group in January 2017. Corey engineered anti-frosting surfaces and studying the dynamics of inter-droplet ice bridging. He graduated in May 2018 and is now pursuing graduate studies at Cornell.
Josh Vieitez was in the NIFI group from 2016-17 researching synthetic trees and jumping-droplet condensation.
Katherine Witt joined the NIFI group in January 2016, researching liquid transport on frost. She graduated in May 2018, joining Northrop Grumman.