Jun Zhang

Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Co-Director, Applied Math Laboratory
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU

Professor of Physics and Mathematics, NYU Shanghai

Email: jun@cims.nyu.edu 
Personal Page: http://physics.nyu.edu/jz11/

Research Interests:
Physics of fluids, which include biomechanics or bio-locomotion (organism swimming and flying), geological fluids (thermal convection, continental drift), solid-on-solid friction, and self-organization phenomena at microscopic scales

Selected Publications:

  • Ristroph L, Liao J, and Zhang J. Lateral Line Layout Correlates with the Differential Hydrodynamic Pressure on Swimming Fish. Phys. Rev. Lett.114, 018102 (2015)
  • Takagi D, Braunschweig A. Zhang J. and Shelley M. Dispersion of self-propelled rods undergoing fluctuation-driven flips. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 038301 (2013) 
  • Ristroph L, Moore M, Childress S, Shelley M, and Zhang J. Sculpting of an erodible body by flowing water. PNAS 109, 19606 (2012) 
  • Liu B, Ristroph L, Weathers A, Childress S, and Zhang J. Intrinsic stability of a body hovering in an oscillating airflow. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 068103 (2012) 
  • Shelley M. and Zhang J. Flapping and bending bodies interacting with fluid flows. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 43, 449 (2011) 
  • Liu B, Shelley M, and Zhang J. Focused Force Transmission through an Aqueous Suspension of Granules. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 188301 (2010) 
  • Ristroph L, and Zhang J. Anomalous hydrodynamic drafting of interacting flapping flags. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 194502 (2008) 
  • Liu B, and Zhang J. Self-induced cyclic reorganization of many bodies through thermal convection. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 244501 (2008) 
  • Zhong J.-Q, and Zhang J. Dynamical states of a mobile heat blanket on a thermally convecting fluid. Phys. Rev. E 75, 055301R (2007) 
  • Jung S, Mareck K, Shelley M, and Zhang J. Dynamics of a deformable body in a fast flowing soap film. Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 134502 (2006) 
  • Shelley M, Vandenberghe N and Zhang J. Heavy flags undergo spontaneous oscillations in flowing water. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 094302 (2005) 
  • Vandenberghe N, Zhang J, and Childress S. Symmetry breaking leads to forward flapping flight. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 506, 147 (2004) 
  • Alben S, Shelley M, and Zhang J. Drag reduction through self-similar bending of a flexible body. Nature 420, 479 (2002) 
  • Zhang J, Childress S, Libchaber A, and Shelley M. Flexible filaments in a flowing soap film as a model for one-dimensional flags in a two-dimensional wind. Nature 408, 835 (2000) 
  • Zhang J, Libchaber A. Periodic boundary motion in thermal turbulence.Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4361 (2000) 
  • Zhang J, Childress S, Libchaber A. Non-Boussinesq effect: Thermal convection with broken symmetry. Phys Fluids 9, 1034 (1997) 
  • Zhang J, Zhang Y.-C., Alstrom P, and Levinsen M. T. Modeling forest fire by a paper-burning experiment: a realization of the interface growth mechanism. Physica A, 189, 383 (1992)