Weiwei Deng

Associate Professor

(540) 231-7388
427 Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Deng Lab


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, 2008
  • M.s., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2001
  • B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 1999

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  • Research

    I am interested in the fluid dynamics of low-dimensional liquid subjects (droplets, jets, and films)and their applications in additive manufacturing. A running theme is to seek governing physical principles of the electric stress on disturbing, reshaping, and manipulating liquid jets and droplets, and to exploit these principles in printing and deposition of advanced materials. I primarily conduct experimental research, and the experiments are augmented by numerical simulations on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). My current NSF-sponsored projects include printing ceramic sensors for harsh environments, and nanomanufacturing of polymer solar cells via electrospray deposition. My current industry-sponsored research includes spray drying route for biodegradable micro/nano particles for drug delivery, as well as processing complex liquid suspension for manufacturing lithium ion batteries.

  • Professional Affiliations

  • Publications

  • Professional History

    2015-Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor
    2011–2015, University of Central Florida, Assistant Professor
    2008–2010, Yale University, Post-Doctoral Associate
    2008–2009, Yale University, Lecturer

  • Awards and Honors

    • 2015, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
    • 2008, Robert E. Apfel Fellowship, School of Engineering, Yale University

  • Professional Leadership

    • National Science Foundation Review Panelist, Nano-Manufacturing Program; Manufacturing Machine and Equipment Program; Materials Processing and Manufacturing Program
    • Manuscript Reviewer, Langmuir; Microfluidics and Nanofluidics; J.Aerosol Science; Aerosol Science and Technology; Applied Physics Letters; and Organic Electronics
    • Session Chair for Aerosol Physics, 28th, 30th, and 31st American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) Annual Conference
    • Convener and Chair, Special Symposium on “Applications of the Electrospray” 27th AAAR Annual Conference, 2008