Nanoscale Heat Transport

Nanoscale Heat Transport

Nanoscale heat transfer involves studying conduction, convection, and radiation at a nanoscale level. Typically involves laboratory experiments, computer simulations, and equipment development.


MNETC-ParkMicro/Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion Laboratory

Our research interests are to understand fundamental physics of energy interactions and conversions at the micro/nanoscale and (2) to apply the obtained fundamental knowledge to various engineering applications, including tip-based nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy, renewable energy harvesting in various scales, manufacturing of micro/nanoscale devices and structures, and nanoscale thermal metrology. The nature of our research is highly multidisciplinary across diverse disciplines in a good balance between experimental and theoretical studies.

Director: Dr. Keunhan Park ( | 2672 MEK

Cylinder FlowMicroscale Thermal Fluids Lab

The Microscale Thermal Fluids Lab focuses on the engineering science of fluid flow and convection in systems with microscale features, such as microchannels. Computational and analytical modeling emphasizes conditions in the slip flow regime. Experimental studies incorporate a number of flow visualization and measurement techniques to elucidate microscale behavior of single-phase fluids in both laminar and turbulent flow.

Director: Dr. Timothy Ameel ( | Bldg. 60

RETLRadiative Energy Transfer Lab

The mission of the Radiative Energy Transfer Lab is twofold. Our first objective is to provide to the scientific community a fundamental understanding of radiative transfer at nanoscale. Our second objective is to bridge the fundamental physical concepts and the engineering applications by developing cutting-edge radiation-based devices in diverse areas such as energy conversion. Current applications of interests include photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic power generation, design of materials with unique radiative properties and optical characterization of nanostructures.

Director: Dr. Mathieu Francoeur ( | 2676 MEK

ChenThermal Science Lab

Research in the Thermal Science Lab is a mix of theory and implementation with an application focus that covers materials, processing, energy conservation and utilization, micro fabrication and micro system technology. Other research interests include aerodynamics, propulsion, conduction in thin films, thermodiodes, plasmas, and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

Director: Dr. Kuan Chen ( | 1371 MEB