48-121B Engr IV
Office Hours:
Fall 2017, TR 4-5pm
Mailing Address: 
420 Westwood Plaza 48-121B Eng IV
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597


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 graduate Dr. Jun (Richard) Xu's paper ... on carbon nanotube thermal interfaces (Xu and Fisher, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 49 (9) 1658-1666, 2006) was named a Classic Paper by Google Scholar in the Thermal Sciences ...
    Posted by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • PhD graduate Dr. Guoping Xiong ... has accepted a faculty position in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the Univ. of Nevada - Reno. 
    Posted by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • PhD student Majed Alrefae ... was selected by the instructors as the Most Improved Entrepreneurial Lead in the 2017 San Diego cohort of the NSF I-Corps program. 
    Posted Jun 6, 2017, 3:16 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • Newly minted Dr. Galen Jackson and Dr. Ishan Srivastava ... earned their hoods today. Congrats! (and likely my last hooding event at Purdue)
    Posted May 12, 2017, 5:54 PM by Tim Fisher
  • Former postdoc Prof. Ritu Gupta ... published the cover article in the upcoming issue of Energy Technology, on scalable (roll-to-roll) coating of graphene nanopetal substrates for supercapacitors. Click here to view the article. 
    Posted May 8, 2017, 7:28 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD graduate Prof. Bara Cola ... has won the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award, which is "the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers." To read more about this amazing achievement, click here
    Posted Apr 13, 2017, 11:14 AM by Tim Fisher
  • Former postdoc Prof. Placidus Amama ... has received the NSF CAREER award for early-career research. His studies will involve the use of carbon nanotubes for photocatalytic remediation of urban air pollution. Click here for more ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:18 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