Gregory P. Chini

Gregory Chini

Director of Integrated Applied Mathematics
Phone: (603) 862-2633
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W113, Durham, NH 03824

Prof. Greg Chini joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UNH in 1999. Since then, Prof. Chini has also worked as a visiting researcher in the Division of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology and in the Theoretical Mechanics Division of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Nottingham University (UK). He is a regular participant in the Annual Woods Hole Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.

Prof. Chini teaches undergraduate courses in Fluid Dynamics (ME 608) and Thermodynamics (ME 503) along with several advanced fluid dynamics and applied mathematics courses, including Waves in Fluids (ME 7/812), Viscous Flow (ME 909), and Asymptotic Methods (IAM 940). In 2007, Prof. Chini was appointed founding Co-Director of the CEPS Ph.D. Program in Integrated Applied Mathematics.

Prof. Chini's research interests are in the allied fields of fluid dynamics and physical applied mathematics. His research involves the mathematical modeling of geophysical, environmental, biological and industrial flows. The existence and stability of coherent features (e.g. nonlinear waves, vortices, plumes, and boundary layers) in such flows are of particular interest. Using hybrid analytical-numerical techniques (e.g. asymptotic, variational, and spectral methods), he aims to develop simplified models of complex fluid-mechanical systems; these models are used for identifying key physical processes and for purposes of prediction, design, and control. His specific areas of interest include:

Geophysical (especially Oceanographic), Environmental, Biological and Industrial Fluid Dynamics
Mathematical Modeling, Asymptotic and Variational Analysis, Bifurcation Theory, Physical Applied Mathematics, Numerical Solution of PDEs
Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimal Transport, and Mixing in Turbulent Convection and Boundary Layers
Elasto-Capillary Phenomena in Biology and Soft Matter, Pulmonary Alveolar Mechanics.

Courses Taught

  • IAM 940: Asymptotic&Perturbation Methds
  • IAM 999: Doctoral Research
  • ME 503: Thermodynamics
  • ME 608: Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 627: Dynamics
  • ME 712/812: Waves in Fluids
  • ME 909: Viscous Flow
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • M.S., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • B.S., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, University of Virginia

Selected Publications

  • Wen, B., Ding, Z., Chini, G. P., & Kerswell, R. R. (2022). Heat transport in Rayleigh-Benard convection with linear marginality. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, 380(2225). doi:10.1098/rsta.2021.0039

  • Chini, G. P., Michel, G., Julien, K., Rocha, C. B., & Caulfield, C. -C. P. (2022). Exploiting self-organized criticality in strongly stratified turbulence. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 933. doi:10.1017/jfm.2021.1060

  • Wen, B., Goluskin, D., LeDuc, M., Chini, G. P., & Doering, C. R. (2020). Steady Rayleigh-Benard convection between stress-free boundaries. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 905. doi:10.1017/jfm.2020.812

  • Montemuro, B., White, C. M., Klewicki, J. C., & Chini, G. P. (2020). A self-sustaining process theory for uniform momentum zones and internal shear layers in high Reynolds number shear flows. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 901. doi:10.1017/jfm.2020.517

  • Ebadi, A., Bautista, J. C. C., White, C. M., Chini, G., & Klewicki, J. (2020). A heat transfer model of fully developed turbulent channel flow. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 884. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.1006

  • Marston, J. B., Chini, G. P., & Tobias, S. M. (2016). Generalized Quasilinear Approximation: Application to Zonal Jets. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 116(21). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.214501

  • Hamlington, P. E., Van Roekel, L. P., Fox-Kemper, B., Julien, K., & Chini, G. P. (2014). Langmuir-Submesoscale Interactions: Descriptive Analysis of Multiscale Frontal Spindown Simulations. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY, 44(9), 2249-2272. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-0139.1

  • Hassanzadeh, P., Chini, G. P., & Doering, C. R. (2014). Wall to wall optimal transport. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 751, 627-662. doi:10.1017/jfm.2014.306

  • Wen, B., Chini, G. P., Dianati, N., & Doering, C. R. (2013). Computational approaches to aspect-ratio-dependent upper bounds and heat flux in porous medium convection. PHYSICS LETTERS A, 377(41), 2931-2938. doi:10.1016/j.physleta.2013.09.009

  • Wen, B., Dianati, N., Lunasin, E., Chini, G. P., & Doering, C. R. (2012). New upper bounds and reduced dynamical modeling for Rayleigh-Benard convection in a fluid saturated porous layer. COMMUNICATIONS IN NONLINEAR SCIENCE AND NUMERICAL SIMULATION, 17(5), 2191-2199. doi:10.1016/j.cnsns.2011.06.039

  • Most Cited Publications