Stephen D. Tse

Stephen D. Tse

Professor, Graduate Program Director

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Office:ENG B-232A
Office Hours: Spring 2023 W Th 1-2pm (as Grad Director), Other by Appointment
Website: Stephen D. Tse


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S.E., Engineering Physics, Princeton University

Research Interests

Microgravity combustion, Gas-phase synthesis of Nanomaterials.

Selected Publications

  • Tse, S.D., Fernandez-Pello, A.C., and Miyasaka, K., "Controlling Mechanisms in the Transition from Smoldering to Flaming of Flexible Polyurethane Foam," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 26:1505-1513 (1996).
  • Tse, S.D., and Fernandez-Pello, A.C., "On the Flight Paths of Metal Particles and Embers Generated by Power Lines in High Winds--A Potential Source of Wildland Fires," Fire Saftey Journal 30:333-356 (1998).]
  • Tse, S.D., Zhu, D.L., and Law, C.K., "Morphology and Burning Rates of Expanding Spherical Flames in H2/O2/Inert Mixtures up to 60 Atmospheres," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 28:1793-1800 (2000).
  • Tse, S.D., Zhu, D.L., Sung, C.J., Ju, Y., and Law, C.K., "Microgravity Burner-Generated Spherical Diffusion Flames:  Experiment and Computation," Combustion and Flame 125(4):1265-1278 (2001).
  • Xu, F., Liu, X., and Tse, S.D., "Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes on Metal Alloy Substrates with Voltage Bias in Methane Inverse Diffusion Flames," Carbon 44(3):570-577 (2006).
  • Xu, F., Tse, S.D., Al-Sharab, J.F., and Kear, B.H., "Flame Synthesis of Tungsten Oxide Nanowires," Applied Physics Letters88:243115 (2006).
  • Xu, F., Liu, X., Tse, S.D., Cosandey, F., and Kear, B.H., "Flame Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanowires," Chemical Physics Letters449:175-181 (2007).
  • Zhao, H., Liu, X., and Tse, S.D., "Control of Nanoparticle Size and Agglomeration through Electric-Field-Enhanced Flame Synthesis," invited paper, Journal of Nanoparticle Research 10:907-923 (2008).
  • Liu, X., Smith, M.E., and Tse, S.D., "In-Situ Raman Characterization of Nanoparticle Aerosols during Flame Synthesis," Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics 100(3):643-653 (2010).
  • Memon, N.K., Tse, S.D., Al-Sharab, J., Yamaguchi, H., Goncalves, A.B., Kear, B.H., Jaluria, Y., Andrei, E.Y., and Chhowalla, M., "Flame Synthesis of Graphene Films in Open-Environments," Carbon 49:5064-5070 (2011).
  • Zhang, Y., Xiong, G., Li, S., Dong, Z., Buckley, S.G., and Tse, S.D., "Novel Low-Intensity Phase-Selective Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy of TiO2 Nanoparticle Aerosols during Flame Synthesis," Combustion and Flame 160:725-733 (2013).
  • Dong, Z., Al-Sharab, J.F., Kear, B.H., and Tse, S.D., "Combined Flame and Electrodeposition Synthesis of Energetic Coaxial Tungsten-Oxide/Aluminum Nanowire Arrays," Nano Letters 13(9):4346-4350 (2013).
  • Dong, Z., Huo, D., Kear, B.H., and Tse, S.D., "Combined Flame and Solution Synthesis of Nanoscale Tungsten-Oxide and Zinc/Tin-Oxide Heterostructures," Nanoscale 7:20510-20520 (2015).
  • Li, S., Ren, Y., Biswas, P., and Tse, S.D., "Flame Aerosol Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials and Functional Devices: Processing, Modeling, and Diagnostics," Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 55:1-59 (2016).
  • Lee, H.F., Esfarjani, K., Dong, Z., Xiong, G., Pelegri, A.A., and Tse, S.D., "Molecular Dynamics Study of Cubic Boron Nitride Nanoparticles: Decomposition with Phase Segregation during Melting," ACS Nano, in press (2016).

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