(primary) 2027A Birck Nanotech. Center; 
(secondary) 3174 ME Building
Office Hours:
Spring 2016, in 3174 ME Bldg, MWF 0930-1030
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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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 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
  • PhD student Majed Alrefae ... with lead collaborators in Prof. Alina Alexeenko's group (Gayathri Shivkumar and Siva Tholeti) co-authored the featured cover article on microwave plasma CVD in the latest issue of the ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2016, 7:27 AM by Tim Fisher
  • The scientific art of postdocs Drs. Guoping Xiong & Chandra Rout ... was featured in ACS Chemistry & Engineering News.
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 10:10 AM by Tim Fisher
  • Our work on roll-to-roll manufacturing ... was featured as one of the Memorable Photographs of 2015 by Purdue photographers. 
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 10:15 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 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.

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