Ziqiang Yang

Ph.D. Students

PhD Student



Mr. Ziqiang Yang earned his Bachelor degree in Process Equipment & Control Engineering from China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2014. Then he obtained his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluids direction) in Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Sas Al Nakhl Campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2016. Now Mr. Ziqiang Yang is a Ph.D. student at KAUST working under the supervision of Professor Sigurdur Thoroddsen.

Research Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • DNA separation & Biomedical applications,
  • Ultra-high-speed video imaging
  • Tomo-PIV in turbulence
  • Drops and bubbles
  • Singularities in hydrodynamics
  • Viscoelastic fluids
  • Gerris & Basilisk (CFD)

Selected Publications

Yang, Z. Q., Zhang, P., Shi, M., Al Julaih, A., Mishra, H., Fabrizio, E. & Thoroddsen, , S. T. (2022). Direct imaging of polymer filaments pulled from rebounding drops. Soft Matter, 18 (27), 5097-5105

Yang, Z. Q., Tian, Y. S., & Thoroddsen, S. T. (2020). Multitude of dimple shapes can produce singular jets during the collapse of immiscible drop-impact craters. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 904, A19.

Yang, Z. Q., Khan, T. S., Alshehhi, M., & AlWahedi, Y. F. (2018). Economic assessment of carbon capture by minichannel absorbers. AIChE Journal, 64(2), 620-631.

Tian, Y. S.*, Yang, Z. Q.*, Thoroddsen, S. T., & Elsaadawy, E. (2021). A new image-based microfluidic method to test demulsifier enhancement of coalescence-rate, for water droplets in crude oil. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 208, 109720. (*Co-first authors)

Gallo Jr, A., Musskopf, N.H., Liu, X., Yang, Z. Q., Petry, J., Zhang, P., Thoroddsen, S., Im, H. and Mishra, H. (2022). "On the Formation of Hydrogen Peroxide in Water Microdroplets." Chemical Science

Jetly, A., Vakarelski, I.U., Yang, Z. Q. and Thoroddsen, S.T. (2019). "Giant drag reduction on Leidenfrost spheres evaluated from extended free-fall trajectories." Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 102: 181-188.


  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, 2016
  • B.S., Process Equipment & Control Engineering, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), 2014

Scientific and Professional Membership

American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics


  • Outstanding Graduates Awards in China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China 2014
  • National Scholarship in China 2014