Principal Investigator


Dr. Qin Xu ( 许钦 ) is an assistant professor of physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph. D. in Physics at the Unversity of Chicago in 2015. After left Chicago, he started a postdoc 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 of 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

Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Main Academic Building, Office: Rm 4439 / Laboratory: Rm 4142
Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung
Hong Kong SAR

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.

Lydia MaK (Undergraduate Researcher)

I am a fourth-year student in the Department of Physics. I am interested in the physical properties and applications of soft materials. My current research is on surface instabilities of polymeric gels.

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 (Ivan) (Undergraduate Researcher)

I am Ivan, a third-year student in the Department of Physics. Fluid dynamics is one of my favourite topics. My current research area is Dynamic Jamming and Flows of Dense Granular Suspensions.

Mr. Kwok Fai YEUNG (Technical Officer)

who helps us on everything in the lab!