Portrait of Prof. Chris Boyce  

Chris Boyce


814 S.W. Mudd

Research Interests

Energy & Environment, Multiphase Flows, Granular Physics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Multiscale Modeling

Chris Boyce examines the fundamentals of multiphase flows to spark advances in energy, health, and the environment. He uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computational modeling to gain insights into complex systems. Boyce teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in fluid mechanics.

Boyce discovers and characterizes instabilities and other flow anomalies existing in multiphase granular flows and analyzes how they couple with chemical reactions. He develops and utilizes MRI and computational techniques to study these flows and seeks to be a leader in the exploitation of MRI capabilities to provide insights into engineering systems by truly seeing inside of them. The fundamental physics insights from Boyce’s research are relevant to understanding geological flows surrounding volcanos and earthquakes as well as developing new technologies in the energy, pharmaceuticals, mining, and filtration industries. Because of the many length scales, applications, techniques, and areas of science involved in Boyce’s work, he collaborates with a variety of engineers, physicists, chemists, and geologists. In the long term, Boyce aims to transfer insights and techniques from his work into areas more directly relevant to physiology and human health. 

Boyce received a BS in chemical engineering and physics from MIT in 2011. He studied as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD in 2015 and won the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for the best PhD thesis in chemical engineering. He held postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and ETH Zurich before joining the faculty of Columbia Engineering in 2018.

Research Experience

  • Postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich, 2017
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Princeton University, 2015-2016

Professional Experience

  • Assistant professor of chemical engineering, Columbia University, 2018-

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Honors & Awards

  • ONR Young Investigator Award, 2023
  • NSF Career Award, 2022
  • Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award, Columbia University SEAS, 2021
  • Columbia Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, 2020
  • Sabic Young Professional Award from the AIChE for outstanding contributions to particle technology from an individual under 40, 2019
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, 2019
  • Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for the best PhD thesis related to chemical engineering, University of Cambridge, 2015
  • Gates Cambridge Scholar, 2011-2014

Selected Publications