Jie Feng

Jie Feng
Jie Feng
  • Assistant Professor
(217) 300-1952
4421 Mechanical Engineering Lab

For More Information


  • BSc Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2009
  • MSc Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2011
  • PhD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2016

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2019
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jul. 2018 - Jan. 2019
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Jan. 2019 - present
  • Research Faculty, Materials Research Laboratory (0%), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sep. 16, 2021 - present

Research Interests

  • We study micro-scale transport phenomena of structurally complex fluids and interfaces, to derive new insights in physico-chemical mechanisms and continuum-scale mechanics of multi-phase soft matter systems, as well as for their applications to solving some most challenging problems in environment remediation and human health, such as pollutant and disease control, oil recovery, drug delivery and nanomedicines. We actively tackle problems and explore new research directions by using microscopy, microfluidics, high-speed imaging and image analysis, materials processing and characterization. We also complement our experiments with theoretical modeling and numerical simulations, using ideas from fluid dynamics, polymer physics, colloidal science and biophysics. Our work is thus highly multi-disciplinary, combining expertise from engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science and biology. Our ultimate goal is to bridge fundamental research with meaningful and positive societal impacts. Currently, we focus on three key areas in our work: (1) Bubble dynamics with a structurally compound interface (2) Vesicle responses in non-equilibrium environment (3) Polymer self-assembly for drug delivery and disease diagnostic.

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing

Selected Articles in Journals


  • R. K. Prud'homme, B. Powell, V. Pansare, N. Caggiano, J. Feng, Dihydromyricetin Spray-dried Dispersion Formulations and Methods for Forming them. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/767,197 filed November 14, 2018.
  • S. Shin, J. T. Ault, J. Feng, H. A. Stone. Zeta Potentiometer Using Diffusiophoresis and Diffusioosmosis. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/594,871, filed on Dec 5, 2017.
  • J. T. Ault,  S. Shin, H. A. Stone, J. Feng, P. Warren. Methods of Particle Manipulation and Analysis. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 16/210,760, filed on Dec 5, 2017.
  • R. K. Prud'homme, J. Feng, K. D. Ristroph, H. Lu, Y. Zhang, S. A. McManus, Cellulosic Polymer Nanoparticles and Methods for Forming them. U.S. Provisional Patent Ser. NO. 62/557,744, filed on Sep 12, 2017.

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Physical Society (APS), 2012-present
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2018-present
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018-present
  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2015-present
  • Member, Controlled Release Society (CRS), 2017-present

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent - TAM 435 Fall 2023
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent - ME 310 Spring 2023
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent - TAM 435 Fall 2021

Research Honors

  • Princeton's nominee for Blavatnik Regional Postdoctoral Award (2018)
  • Research Support Award, Univ. of Illinois (2019 )
  • ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2019 )
  • Soft Matter Emerging Investigator, Soft Matter Journal (2022 )

Public Service Honors

  • Engineering Council Outstanding Advisor Award, The Grainger College of Engineering (2022 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 310 AE1 (ME 310 AE2, ME 310 ZJ1, ME 310 OE2) - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • TAM 335 ZJU (TAM 335 AE1, TAM 335 AE2, TAM 335 AL1, TAM 335 ZJ1) - Introductory Fluid Mechanics
  • TAM 435 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics