Assistant Professor,  Mechanical Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division


Education Profile

  • MSc/Ph.D in Applied Physics, University of Harvard (USA), 2017
  • BA in Physics, Cambridge University (UK), 2010

Research Interests

​Professor Daniel's research interests are in the physics of droplets, wetting/adhesion science, and soft matter. You can find out more at

Selected Publications

  • E. J. H. Soh*, H. P. A. G. Astier*, D. Daniel*, J. Q. I. Chua, A. Miserez, Z. Jia, L. Li et al. "AFM manipulation of EGaIn microdroplets to generate controlled, on-demand contacts on molecular self-assembled monolayers." ACS Nano 16 9 14370-14378 (2022). ​
  • J. Jiang, J. Gao, H. Zhang, W. He, J. Zhang, D. Daniel and X. Yao, "Directional Pumping of Water and Oil Microdroplets on Slippery Surface", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 116 7 2482-2487 (2019). ​
  • D. Daniel*, C. L. Lay, A. Sng, I. Y. Phang, X. Y. Ling, and N. Tomczak, "Mapping micron-scale wetting properties of superhydrophobic surfaces", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 116 50 25008-25012 (2019). ​
  • M.J. Kreder*, D. Daniel*, A. Tetreault, Z. Cao, B. Lemaire, J.V.I Timonen and J. Aizenberg "Film dynamics and lubricant depletion by droplets moving on lubricated surfaces", Phys. Rev. X. 8, 031053 (2018) ​
  • D. Daniel, J.V.I. Timonen, R. Li, S.J. Velling, and J. Aizenberg, "Oleoplaning droplets on lubricated surfaces." Nat. Phys. 13, 1020–1025 (2017).