Harris Wong


Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Holder of the Fritz & Frances M. Blumer Professorship

3270G Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803



Wong Laboratory Website

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Educational Background

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • B. Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 1988

Research Goal

We are interested in understanding nature and in converting our understanding into useful devices for humans.

Research Overview

In the world of submicrons to millimeters, capillary forces usually dominate over other forces. Given a fluid or solid object of size L, capillary forces are in general proportional to L, whereas surface and body forces vary as L2 and L3, respectively. Thus, as L decreases, surface tension becomes increasingly important. It is therefore not surprising that many natural phenomena and industrial processes are governed by capillarity. We have studied evolution and stability of solid thin films, micro and nano liquid films and threads, two-phase flow and heat transfer in microchannels, and dynamic surface tension. Details can be found on my personal webpage listed below. 


Currently, we are investigating heat and mass transfer in micro heat pipes and giant heat pipes. We are also studying morphological stability of micro and nano wires.

Selected Publications

Rao, S.S. and H. Wong “Heat and mass transfer in polygonal micro heat pipes under small imposed temperature differences,” International J. Heat and Mass Transfer 89, 1369–1385 (2015).

Zhang, J., S.J. Watson, and H. Wong “Fluid flow and heat transfer in a dual-wet micro heat pipe,” J. Fluid Mechanics 589, 1-31 (2007).

Wong, H. "Energetic instability of polygonal micro- and nanowires," J. Applied Phys. 111, 103509 (2012). 

Du, P. and H. Wong "Linear stability of circular micro- and nanowires with facets," J. Applied Phys. 111, 113503 (2012)