Chen Li

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of South Carolina
300 Main St., Room A214
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7155
Fax: 803-777-0106

Chen Li

Dr. Li is involved in the development and fabrication of functionalized structures/films at micro/nanoscale; The novel applications of these micro/nano structures in renewable energy harvest and storage, enhancement and manipulation of thermal energy and mass transport at micro/nano-scale, and thermal management for high heat flux equipments/systems; High spatial and temporal resolution instrumentation for visualization and measurement in study of two-phase heat transfer and flow; Multi-scale Modeling.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2006
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2003
  • B.S., Thermal Power Engineering, Chongqing University, China, 1997

Selected Publications

  • C. Oshman, B. Shi, Chen Li, R. G. Yang, Y. C. Lee, and V.M. Bright, “Fabrication and Testing of a Flat Polymer Micro Heat Pipe”, to be submitted to IEEE/ASME Journal of Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems, 2009
  • Chen Li, Z. Wang, P.-I. Wang, Y. Peles, G. P. Peterson and N. Koratkar, “Nanostructured Copper Interfaces for Enhanced Boiling,” Small, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 1084-1088, 2008.
  • Chen Li and G. P. Peterson, “Parametric Study of Pool Boiling in Horizontal Conductive Micro Porous Coated Surfaces” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Vol. 129, pp. 1465-1475. 2007.
  • Chen Li, G. P. Peterson, and Y. Wang, “Evaporation/boiling on Thin Capillary Wick (I): Thickness Effects,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Vol. 128, pp. 1312-1319, 2006.
  • Chen Li and G. P. Peterson, “Evaporation/boiling on Thin Capillary Wick (II): Effects of Volumetric Porosity and Mesh Size,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Vol. 128, pp. 1320-1328. 2006.
  • Chen Li and G. P. Peterson, “The Effective Thermal Conductivity of Sintered Wire Screen,” Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 49, pp. 4095-4105, 2006.