(primary) 2027A Birck Nanotech. Center; 
(secondary) 2201 ME Building
Office Hours:
Spring 2017, in 2201 ME Bldg, MWF 0830-0930
Mailing Address: 
Purdue University
Birck Center
1205 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907  USA


Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale

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Thermal Effects in Supercapacitors
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Some fun


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

  • PhD graduate Dr. Sridhar Sadasivam ... in collaboration with Prof. Joe Feser's group at the Univ. of Delaware has posted a pair of companion papers to the arXiv on electron-phonon coupling across metal-semiconductor ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2016, 7:54 PM by Tim Fisher
  • Undergraduate researcher Yudong Chen ... has been selected as a finalist at this fall's NDConnect undergraduate research competition. Yudong is mentored by PhD student Majed Alrefae and postdoc Dr. Anurag Kumar on modeling and ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 4:20 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Dr. Jeff Engerer ... published his work on a new, rapid cooling approach called 'flash boiling' in Applied Physics Letters. The related video is available here. 
    Posted Jul 13, 2016, 1:40 PM by Timothy Fisher
  • PhD student Nick Glavin ... received the Silver Medal at the 2016 ICMCTF conference, for "exceptional research, demonstrated skills in writing and presentation, awarded in open competition" for his work on amorphous BN thin films
    Posted May 1, 2016, 3:32 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Nick Glavin ... and collaborators from AFRL published a paper featured in this week's Advanced Functional Materials, on low-temperature boron nitride dielectric films that can be deposited on a variety of ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:09 PM by Tim Fisher
  • Contemporary challenges ... in thermal and mass transport, highlighted in a perspectives article as part of a new Frontiers journal section. 
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 4:01 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Galen Jackson ... has been selected to receive the 2016 Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering.
    Posted Mar 25, 2016, 5:24 AM by Tim Fisher
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Online Courses, Lectures, and Tools

Lectures on nanoHUB

 Tools on nanoHUB

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 the online nanoHUB-U course, Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale, which can be taken in self-paced mode without a registration fee (i.e., free).

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
Tim Fisher,
Nov 19, 2015, 1:58 PM
Tim Fisher,
Nov 19, 2015, 1:59 PM