After graduating from Chongqing University in Electrical Engineering I worked on China’s biggest fusion research facility. Then I started my PhD project in plasma turbulence at the ANU which developed into a cross-disciplinary study of 2D turbulence. I received my PhD degree in 2006. In 2012 I was awarded the ARC DECRA and in 2014 I won the ARC Future Fellowship to further develop my research into transport of matter and energy in chaotic flows and living fluids.
My research interests broadly fall in the physics of complex systems, 2D turbulence, self-organization, and wave-flow interaction. Highlights of my research are related to (a) accumulation and conversion of the turbulent energy into mean flows, (b) conversion of energy of disordered surface waves into coherent flows; (c) engineering of dynamical metamaterials at the liquid–gas interface; (d) development of efficient methods of controlling and predicting turbulent diffusion on a liquid surface; and (e) studies of living fluids in bacterial turbulence.