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


Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale

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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

  • PhD student Jeff Engerer ... has been selected to receive the 2015 Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching by Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering.
    Posted Mar 4, 2015, 12:55 PM by Tim Fisher
  • A new industry research consortium ... has launched in conjunction with the Center for Integrated Thermal Management of Aerospace Vehicles (CITMAV). Read about it here. 
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 4:53 PM by Tim Fisher
  • Undergraduate student Yide Wang ... has been selected to receive the 2015 Perry Undergraduate Research Scholarship from Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering. Yide's research involves thermo-mechanical modeling of carbon nanotube arrays, and ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 1:58 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD student Sridhar Sadasivam ...posted his latest work to arXiv on thermal coupling between electrons and phonons across a metal-semiconductor interface. This work was done in collaboration with Prof. Umesh Waghmare of JNCASR ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2015, 7:39 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD graduate Dr. Patrick McCarthy ... was the lead author of our group's first 'open access' article in the Frontiers project, written with collaborator Prof. Ron Reifenberger. This publishing model is quite interesting, as the ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2015, 8:36 PM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD graduate Dr. Kyle Smith ... has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Mechanical Science and Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    Posted Jun 20, 2014, 10:19 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD graduate Dr. Jonathan Claussen ... has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Iowa State University's Mechanical Engineering department.
    Posted Jun 4, 2014, 2:22 PM by Tim 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 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.