Principal Investigator


Dr. Qin Xu ( 许钦 ) is an assistant professor of physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his Ph. D. in Physics at the Unversity of Chicago in 2015. After left Chicago, he took a postdoc position in the SoftLab at Yale University. In the summer of 2016, he moved to Switzerland with the group to help build the Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials at ETH Zurich. Since March 2020, he joined the physics department of HKUST as a faculty member.

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Professional Employment
2020. 3 – Current, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, HKUST, Hong Kong
2016. 8 – 2020. 2,  Postdoc, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2015. 8 – 2016. 6,  Postdoc, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, USA
2010. 9 – 2015. 7,  Research Assistant, Department of Physics and James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, USA

Dr. Yiqiu Zhao (Postdoc Fellow)

Yiqiu joined our lab in August 2021. Yiqiu obtained his PhD in physics at Duke University in May 2020, advised by Dr. Robert Behringer and Dr. Joshua Socolar. During his PhD, Yiqiu worked on experiments to understand the physics of jamming in granular systems. Before joining the group, he spent one year with Dr. Jidong Zhao as a postdoc in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at HKUST, working on numerical studies of micromechanics of granular materials. Yiqiu has a broad interest in characterizing and understanding various types of critical phenomena in soft and disordered systems.

Haitao Hu (Ph.D. student)

MS in Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology (Joint master program with SUSTech)
BS in Engineering Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Research area: Complex fluids, Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics

Weiwei Zhao (Ph.D. student)

MS in Aerospace engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University
BS in Mechanical engineering, Northwest A&F University

Research area: Drop impact, interface dynamics, soft material, high-speed images.

Vaisakh V M (Ph. D. student)

A curious student with research experiences in thin films, liquid crystal- nanoparticle composites and biopolymers (collagen micro-networks). Driven by a passion to explore further in soft matter physics, ranging from theory & experiments to practical applications.

Current Research Interests: Soft Adhesion, Soft Wetting, Strain Dependent Surface Tension & Surface Deformation Studies.

Wenjie Qian (Ph.D. student)

MS in Mechanics, Jiangsu University
BS in Civil Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology

Research area: Soft material, Experimental mechanics, Interfacial mechanics, Optical measurement.

Jianhui Zhou (Undergraduate Researcher)

I am a sophomore in the Department of Physics. I am interested in hydrodynamics, especially complex fluids, and the physical properties of other soft matters. My current research area is dense suspension droplets and their pinch-off mechanisms.

Law Wai Hong (Undergraduate Researcher)

Law Wai Hong is a four year undergraduate student in Physics. He is currently studing transient dynamics of dense suspensions in the group for the capstone project.

Mr. Kwok Fai YEUNG (Technical Officer)

who helps us on everything in the lab!


Nishan Gurung (Undergraduates Researcher (2021 Summer))

Lydia MaK (Undergraduate Researcher (2020.9 – 2021.6)). Current: Delft University, Netherlands