Jianjun Tao

Ph.D., Professor

Deputy Chair of Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, 
College of Engineering, Peking University

Office Tel: +86+10-62756151

Lab Add: Room 327, Mechanics Building

Email: jjtao(at)pku.edu.cn




1999  Ph. D. Peking University

1995  M. S. Tianjin University

1992  B. S. Shandong University



Research Areas


Environmental and Geophysical Thermal Convections,

Hydrodynamic Instabilities,

Computational Fluid Dynamics,

Dynamics of Rotating Fluids,

Complex Fluids with Evolving Micro-structures,

Laminar-turbulent Transition.



Research Profile


Tao's Group mainly study hydrodynamic instabilities and laminar-turbulent transition in boundary-layer flows, thermal convections in cavities and rotating annuluses, flow control and drag reduction etc.



Professional Honors and Awards


French Ministry of Science and New Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001

A.v. Humboldt Fellow, 2004



Professional Activities


Deputy General Secretary of CSTAM (Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics)

Editorial Board Member: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters; Acta Aerodynamica Sinica



Selected Recent Publications


1.    J. Tao (2009) Critical Instability and Friction Scaling of Fluid Flows through Pipes with Rough Inner Surfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 264502

2.    J. Tao and F.H. Busse (2009) Oblique roll instability in inclined buoyancy layers, Euro. J. Mech. B/Fluids  28, 532-540  

3.    W. Pesch, D. Palaniappan, J. Tao and F.H. Busse (2008) Convection in heated fluid layers subjected to time-periodic horizontal accelerations, J. Fluid Mech.  596, 313-332

4.    J. Tao (2006), Nonlinear global instability in buoyancy-driven boundary-layer flows,  J. Fluid Mech. 566, 377-388

5.    J. Tao and F.H. Busse(2006) Thermal Convection in the Rotating Cylindrical Annulus and its Mean Zonal Flows, J. Fluid Mech.  552, 73 - 82.

6.    J. Tao, P.Le Quere and S. Xin(2004) Spatio-temporal instability of the natural-convection boundary layer in thermally stratified medium, J. Fluid Mech. 518, 363