nanoHUB-U course information and enrollment: Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale      

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Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale (available Dec 2013)

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(primary) 2027A Birck Nanotech. Center; 
(secondary) 2197 ME Building
Office Hours:
Spring 2014 semester, MWF 8-9am, in BRK 2272
Mailing Address: 
Purdue University
Birck Center
1205 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057  USA


Welcome to our group's home page. We work on a broad range of problems, primarily involving transport processes by electrons, phonons, photons, and fluids. We seek to solve problems with high importance to applications in energy transport, conversion, and storage, that are relevant to major industrial segments (aerospace, micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).Some topics and methods of our research are summarized in the following graphic.
- Tim Fisher
  James G. Dwyer Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University 

Research & News

  • The paper by PhD graduates Bara Cola and Jun Xu ... entitled "Contact mechanics and thermal conductance of carbon nanotube array interfaces" is among the most cited since 2009 in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 
    Posted Mar 8, 2014, 3:59 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Stephen Hodson ... has been named an IN-MaC Fellow by the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center ( 
    Posted Oct 17, 2013, 4:12 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Stephen Hodson and graduate Dr. Baratunde Cola ... are co-inventors along with collaborators at the J. Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore, India) of a newly issued patent, "Palladium Thiolate Bonding of Carbon Nanotubes," Patent #US8 ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2013, 8:21 AM by Tim Fisher
  • Former postdoc Dr. Placidus Amama ... has joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. 
    Posted Aug 13, 2013, 2:57 AM by Tim Fisher
  • Professor Issam Mudawar ... was honored in several ways at the 2013 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. His work on flow boiling in small channels was highlighted in this video, as part of a ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2013, 10:23 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD students Kim Saviers and Stephen Hodson... authored a paper (with Dr. James Salvador of GM and Linda Kasten of AFRL) for the 2012 IECEC Conference that was named the 2012 Best Aerospace Power Systems Student Paper ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2013, 7:33 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Kim Saviers ... has been awarded the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship from the US Department of Energy.
    Posted Jun 14, 2013, 11:13 AM by Timothy Fisher
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Information for Prospective Students

Our research group is characterized by a passion for discovering, explaining, and developing new knowledge through persistent effort intelligently applied. Students seeking a research position with us are encouraged to review the admission guidelines provided by Purdue’s Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program. Qualified students should then review the other pages of this website to identify specific research topics of mutual interest. These topics should be highlighted in any correspondence and in application materials. Interested students would also benefit from studying the materials contained in my online nanoHUB-U course, Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale, which will soon transition into a self-paced mode without a registration fee (i.e., free).

All students who make specific inquiries based on the information above should expect to receive a reply, but responses during peak times might be delayed because of the high volume of inquiries.

India-US Joint Networked Centre

I also serve as an Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS), a companion organization to the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bangalore, India. A new Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials for Energy established among partners JNCASR, Purdue, and GE Global Research (Bangalore) fosters ongoing collaborative research and exchanges of students and postdocs between ICMS/JNCASR, GE and the Birck Nanotechnology Center. The Joint Centre is sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. This effort seeks to harness the promising potential ofnanomaterials to address global energy challenges. For examples of the types of activities involved, please refer to a recent review paper, a workshop report posted on nanoHUB, and the Joint Centre's website. To become an exchange participant, please complete the online application.