Chung-Lung "C.L." Chen - Mizzou Engineering


Chung-Lung “C.L.” Chen

William and Nancy Thompson Distinguished Professor

E2403B Lafferre Hall

Phone: 573-882-9037


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Chung-Lung “C.L.” Chen is an endowed chair professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri. In his career, he has led a wide range of paradigm-shift programs in thermal management, flow control, micro/nano technology, multidisciplinary computational technology and fluid/structure/acoustics. Chen’s research has been funded by multiple offices within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, NASA, NSF, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the National Reconnaissance Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Collins, the Boeing Co., Kimberly Clark, RTI International, MOST, CSIST and Industrial Technology Research Institute. He worked at the NASA Ames Research Center on computational aerodynamics and helicopter rotor flows from 1985 to 1988. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has authored or co-authored more than 160 technical papers, 11 U.S. patents and one book chapter. He received National Chung Kung University’s DAA Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011 and the Best Paper Award of ASME 2013 Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference.


PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder
MS from the University of Colorado-Boulder
BS from the National Cheng Kung University

Technical Focus

Multidisciplinary modeling and integration

Renewable energy

Thermal management flow control and microfluidics


Aero, Thermal, Fluid and Energy Laboratory

Selected Journal Publications (2017-present)

  1. Thermal-hydraulic-dynamic investigation of an inverted self-fluttering vortex generator, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 197, 15 November 2022, 123374.
  2. Distinct Condensation Droplet Distribution Patterns under Low- and High-Frequency Electrowetting-on-Dielectric (EWOD) Effect, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 196, 1 November 2022, 123269.
  3. Capillary transfer: Numerical study of How Topology Affects the Fluid Flow Rate into a Planar Microstructure with Pseudopotential Multiphase Lattice-Boltzmann Method, Phys. Fluids 33, 102102, July 2021.
  4. Activating Bubble’s Escape, Coalescence, and Departure under Electric Field Effect, Langmuir, 36 (51):15558-15571, December 29, 2020
  5. Inverted structurally inhomogeneous stepped agitators in a channel flow, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol.  159, October 2020, 120094.
  6. Enhancement of heat transfer by out-of-phase self-vibration through fluid structure interaction, Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, Vol. 27, 2020.
  7. Condensation Droplet Distribution Regulated by Electrowetting, Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 141, 111501, November 2019.
  8. Time-resolved PIV Measurement and Thermal-hydraulic Performance Evaluation of Thin Film Self-Agitators in a Rectangular Channel Flow, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 137, July 2019, Pages 922-939
  9. A Novel Caudal-Fin-Inspired Hourglass-Shaped Self-Agitator for Air-Side Heat Transfer Enhancement in Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 187, May 2019, Pages 297-315.
  10. Vortex Dynamics and Heat Transfer of Longitudinal Vortex Generators in a Rectangular Channel, Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 132, January 2019, Pages 871-885.
  11. Enhanced Flow Boiling in Silicon Nanowire-Coated Manifold Microchannels, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 148, February 2019, Pages 1043-1057.
  12. Enhanced Water Capture Induced With Electrowetting-On-Dielectric Approach, Applied Physics Letters, 113, 204101, 2018. DOI: 10.1063/1.5053703
  13. Air-Side Heat Transfer Enhancement in Plate-fin Channel with an Airfoil-Based Self-Agitator, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 128, January 2019, Pages 715-727.
  14. Bio-Inspired Self-Agitator for Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement, Applied Physics Letters, 113, 113501, 2018. DOI: 10.1063/1.5046502
  15. Airfoil-Shaped Self-Agitator for Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Vol.133, November 2018, Pages 284-298.
  16. Towards Enhanced Bubble Detachment within a Thin Liquid Film by Electrowetting with Voltage Modulation, Physics of Fluids 30, 062102, Issue 6, June 2018.
  17. A Flapping Vortex Generator for Heat Transfer Enhancement in a Rectangular Airside Fin, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 118, March 2018, Pages 1340-1356.
  18. Bubble Detachment Assisted by Electrowetting-Driven Interfacial Wave, Physics of Fluids 29, 102105, Issue 10, October 2017.
  19. Numerical Investigation of Condensation on Microstructured Surface with Wettability Patterns, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 115, December 2017, Pages 1161–1172.
  20. Saddle Point of Attachment in Jet-Crossflow Interaction, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, DOI: 10.1007/s00162-017-0427-z 3/15/2017.
  21. Hybrid Atomistic-Continuum Simulation of Nanostructured Defects Induced Bubble Growth, Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 139, October 2017, DOI:10.1115/1.4036692
  22. Coupled Natural Convection and Radiation Heat Transfer of Hybrid Solar Energy Conversion System, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 107, April 2017, Pages 468-483.
  23. A Hybrid Atomistic-Continuum Simulation of Nucleate Boiling with Domain Re-Decomposition Method, Numerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals, Vol. 71, No. 3, March 2017, Pages 217-235.
  24. Cooling Design and Evaluation for Photovoltaic Cells within Constrained Space in a CPV/CSP Hybrid Solar System, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 110, January 2017, Pages 369-381.