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Jiangtao Cheng

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Energy Engineering and Science
Jiangtao Cheng
429 Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Optofluidic Solar Concentrators based on electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD)-driven liquid prisms
  • Near-field characterization of micro\nano-scale fluid flow
  • Dropwise condensation on lotus-leaf-like superhydrophobic surfaces
  • Thin film evaporation in superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic hybrid micro\nano-textures
  • Liquid-based intelligent high-frequency components
  • Self assembly of nanoparticles and nanophotonics
  • Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Optofluidics and Electrofluidics
  • Sustainable Energy and Renewable Energy
  • Thermal-Fluid Sciences
  • Heat Transfer, Thermal Management and Microelectronics Cooling
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance and Terahertz Technology

See Dr. Cheng's publications and research on ResearchGate.

  • 2015–Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor
  • 2011–2015, University of North Texas, Associate Professor
  • 2007–2011, Teledyne Scientific Company, Research Scientist-III
  • 2006–2007, Pennsylvania State University, Research Associate
  • 2004–2006, University of California, Irvine, Postgraduate Researcher
  • 2002–2004, Texas A&M University, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • 1991–1994, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Research Associate
  • 2019, Faculty Fellow of College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2016, Best Poster Award, NSF Student Competition, ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 2016, Junior Faculty Award, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Tech
  • 2016, Best Paper Award, The 12th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • 2014, Best Paper Award, The 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • 2010, ARPA-E Research Highlights, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2003, Outstanding Paper Award, Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union
  • 1997, Science and Technology Advancement Award, China Ministry of Nuclear Industry

Awards in Outreach

  • 2015, Best Fair Award, Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • 2014, Semifinalist, Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
  • 2014, SPIE Honorable Mention, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
  • 2014, Best Fair Award, Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • Ph.D. - Physics, Purdue University, 2002
  • M.S. - Computer Science, Purdue University, 2002
  • B.S. - Applied Physics, Peking University, China, 1991