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(primary) 2272 Birck Nanotech. Center; 
(secondary) 2151 ME Building
Office Hours:
Fall 2012 semester, MWF 0830-0920 in ME 2151
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 and energy conversion by electrons, phonons, photons, and fluids. We seek to solve problems with high importance to applications in clean energy (e.g., direct energy conversion, energy storage) and in major industrial segments (e.g., aerospace, micro/nanoelectronics, sensors). Some topics and methods of our research are summarized in the following graphic. 

- Tim Fisher, Purdue University
(Google Scholar Profile)

Jamming of LiFePO4 platelets

The animation shows the jamming process of LiFePO4 nano platelets (a battery electrode material). For details, see the paper by K.C. Smith et al.

Research & News

Centers & Groups

Online Courses & Lectures

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. 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.