The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Jonathan Boreyko, an assistant professor of mechanics in the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics, for his research that takes inspiration from nature to design innovative materials and systems.
Boreyko’s research centers on bioinspired fluidic systems, seeking to understand and drawing inspiration from natural phenomena to engineer systems for applications ranging from anti-icing to synthetic biology to desalination.
His current research interests include condensation and frost phenomena, fabricating micro/nano-patterned surfaces with special wettability, and designing fluidic systems for heat transfer and water harvesting applications.
Boreyko leads the Nature-Inspired Fluids and Interfaces Lab within the biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM) department of the College of Engineering. The group's research is a multi-disciplinary combination of fluids dynamics, heat transfer, interfacial phenomena, materials science, and renewable energy.
In 2016 Boreyko won a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award; his research has been covered by Science magazine, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada, and Popular Science.
In 2016, Boreyko created and ran a “Jumping Drops and Ice Bridges!” teaching module used for two summer camp programs at Virginia Tech.
Boreyko received bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Trinity College and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University.