P. Amy Tsai, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept
(780) 492-5425
10-235 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Website: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~peichun/ Fluid Mechanics Computational Fluid Dynamics Nano Fluidics Multiphase Flows Energy And Environment Renewable Energy Water Resources Design And Manufacturing


Dr. Tsai is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Fluids and Interfaces. 


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (2007)
  • M.Sc., University of Toronto (2003)


  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Fluids and Interfaces, (2016 - 2025)
  • Stimulating Research Funds, The Netherlands (2009, 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship to Princeton University (2010)


Research Interest:

Applied Fluid Mechanics & Interfacial Phenomena for Energy, Environmental, and Health Applications, using experiments and numerical simulations.

Research Activities: 

Nano- and Micro-Fluidics; Complex Fluids; Wetting; Evaporation; Drop Impact; Convection; Enhanced Oil Recovery; Porous Media Flow


Recent Publications:

  • Convective mixing in homogeneous porous media flow

      Jia-Hau Ching, Peilong Chen, and P. A. Tsai*

      Physics Review Fluids 2, 014102 (2017)

      [ Abstract ]

  • Universal wetting transition of an evaporating water droplet on hydrophobic micro- and nano-structures

      A. Bussonniere, M. B. Bigdeli, D.Y. Chueh, Q. Liu, P. Chen, and P. A. Tsai*

      Soft Matter 13, 978, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02287A (2017)

      [ Abstract & Download from Soft Matter]

  • Altering Emulsion Stability with Heterogeneous Surface Wettability

      M. Qiang, Y. Zhang, J. Li, R. Lammertink, H. Chen and P. A. Tsai*

      Scientific Reports 6, 26953 (2016)

      [ Abstract & Download from Nature Publication Group ]

  • Geometric confinement effects on ion transport and electrokinetic flows at the microscale

      A. Benneker, J. Wood, P. A. Tsai, and R. Lammertink

      Scientific Reports 6, 37236 (2016) 

      [ Abstract in Nature Publication Group ] 

  • Plasma-Liquid Interactions: A Review and Roadmap

      P. J. Bruggeman, M.J. Kushner, B.R. Locke, J.G.E. Gardeniers, et al., 

      Plasma Sources Science and Technology 25, 5, 053002 (2016)

      [ Abstract & Download ] 

  • Spatial site-patterning of wettability in a micro-capillary tube

      Y. Zhang, J. van Nieuwkasteele, M. Qiang, P. A. Tsai and R. Lammertink

      ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Letter 8 (17),10657 (2016)

      [ Abstract in ACS ] 

  • Dynamics of Micro-vortices Induced by Ion Concentration Polarization J. de Valenca, R. M. Wagterveld, R. Lammertink and P. A. Tsai* Physical Review E, Rapid Communications 92, 031003(R) (2015)
  • Formation and Prevention of Fractures in Sol-gel-derived Thin Films E. J. Kappert, D. Pavlenko, J. Malzbender, A. Nijmeijer, N. E. Benes* and P. A. Tsai* Soft Matter 11, 882 (2015).
  • The Graetz-Nusselt Problem Extended to Continuum Flows with Finite Slip A. S. Haase, S. J. Chapmon, P. A. Tsai, D. Lohse and R. Lammertink J. Fluid Mech. Rapids 764, R3 (2015).
  • How Microstructures Affect Air Film Dynamics prior to Drop Impact R. CA van der Veen, M. HW Hendrix, T. Tran, C. Sun, P. A. Tsai* and D. Lohse* Soft Matter, Rapid Communication 10, 3703 (2014) (Journal Cover).
  • Slippery Interfaces for Drag Reduction P. A. Tsai* J. Fluid Mech. 736, 1 (2013).
  • Rate of Gas Absorption on a Slippery Bubble Mattress E. Karatay, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink, Soft Matter, 9, 11098 (2013).
  • Momentum and Mass Transport over a Bubble Mattress: the Influence of Interface Geometry A. S. Haase, E. Karatay, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink, Soft Matter, 9, 8949 (2013).
  • Control of Slippage with Tunable Bubble Mattresses E. Karatay, A. S. Haase, C. W. Visser, C. Sun, D. Lohse, P. A. Tsai, and R. G. H. Lammertink Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 8422 (2013) (Highlighted by PNAS).
  • Density-driven Convection Enhanced by an Inclined Boundary: Implications for Geological CO2 Storage P. A. Tsai*, K. Riesing, and H. A. Stone Physical Review E, Rapid Communication 87, 011003(R) (2013) (Highlighted by Synopsis in Physics).
  • Control of Interfacial Instabilities Using Flow Geometry T. T. Al-Housseiny, P. A. Tsai, and H. A. Stone Nature Physics, 8, 747 (2012) (Highlighted by Physics Today and Nature Physics).
  • Microscopic Structure Influencing Macroscopic Splash at High Weber Number P. Tsai*, M. Hendrix, R. Dijkstra, L. Shui and D. Lohse Soft Matter, 7, 11325 (2011) (Journal Cover).
  • How Micropatterns and Air Pressure Affect Splashing on Surfaces P. Tsai*, R. C. A. van der Veen, M. van de Raa, and D. Lohse Langmuir, 26, 16090 (2010).
  • Evaporation-trigged Wetting Transition upon Hydrophobic Microstructures P. Tsai*, R. G. H. Lammertink, M. Wessling and D. Lohse Physical Review Letters, 104, 116102 (2010).