Hongwei Sun

Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Research Focus

multiphase thermal transport phenomena, acoustic wave bio and chemical sensors and actuators, thermal management of fibers and films, thermal energy storage materials and processing, microchannel cooling systems, nanoimprinting process and applications, MEMS/NEMS fabrication, microfluidics and bioMEMS; nanoscale magnetic assembly and applications

About

Prof. Hongwei Sun joined the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Northeastern in September 2020. Prior to joining Northeastern, Prof. Sun was a full professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he started his career as an assistant professor in 2005. He held a postdoctoral fellow position at the University of Rhode Island between 1998 and 2001 and then became a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 ASME International Conference on Nanochannels, Minichannels and Microchannels (ICNMM) Best Poster Award
  • UML Enterpreneurial Faculty Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineer

Research Overview

multiphase thermal transport phenomena, acoustic wave bio and chemical sensors and actuators, thermal management of fibers and films, thermal energy storage materials and processing, microchannel cooling systems, nanoimprinting process and applications, MEMS/NEMS fabrication, microfluidics and bioMEMS; nanoscale magnetic assembly and applications

Selected Research Projects

  • Disease Surveillance with Multi-modal Sensor Network & Data Analytics
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Trinity Awards
  • Collaborative Research: A Low-Cost, “Digital” Biosensing Platform with Single Protein Biomarker Sensitivity
    Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Nanoscale Metal Network Enhanced Phase Change Materials
    Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Thermal Management of Fibers and Films- Smart Textile Platforms for Heating, Cooling and Signature
    Principle Investigator, U.S. Army

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • K. Zheng, J. Zhang, H. Dodiuk, S. Kenig, C. Barry, H. Sun, J. Mead, Effect of Superhydrophobic Composite Coatings on Drag Reduction in Laminar Flow, ACS Appl. Polym. Mater, 2(4), 2020, 1614–1622
  • J. Su, H. Esmaeilzadeh, P. Wang, S. Ji, M. Inalpolat, M. Charmchi, H. Sun, Effect of Wetting States on Frequency Response of a Micropillar-based Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 286, 2019, 115-122
  • J. Su, H. Esmailzadeh, F. Zhang, Q. Yu, G. Cernigliaro, J. Xu, H. Sun, An Ultrasensitive Micropillar-based Quartz Crystal Microbalance Device for Real-time Measurement of Protein Immobilization and Protein-protein Interaction, Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Impact Factor: 7.47), 2018, 325-331
  • I. Mirzaee, M. Song, M. Charmchi, H. Sun, Microfluidics based On-chip Impinger for Airborne Particle Collection, Lab on a Chip (Impact Factor: 5.586), 16(12), 2016
Hongwei Sun

Faculty

Jul 09, 2021

Creating a Low-Cost, Digital Biosensor to Detect Protein Biomarkers

MIE Professor Hongwei Sun, in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, is leading a $430K NSF grant for “A Low-Cost, “Digital” Biosensing Platform with Single Protein Biomarker Sensitivity”.

Faculty

Jul 07, 2021

Tracking Potential Outbreaks Through Wastewater

ECE Professor Nian Sun and MIE Professor Hongwei Sun are part of a team, led by Professor Sheree Pagsuyoin of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which was awarded $660K in pledged funding as one of five third-place winners of the Trinity Awards, for their project, “Disease Surveillance with Multi-modal Sensor Network & Data Analytics”.

Hongwei Sun

Faculty

Sep 02, 2020

New Faculty Spotlight: Hongwei Sun

Hongwei Sun joins the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in August 2020 as a Professor.

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