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Teng Zhang to receive the CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization

Teng Zhang to receive the CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization

Forth year graduate student, Teng Zhang, from the MEMT group will receive the CRC Award for Computational Science and Visualization.

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PhD position available for Spring 2016 (or Fall 2016)

PhD position available for Spring 2016 (or Fall 2016)

The MEMT lab is looking for a student to study thermal transport in soft materials such as liquids and polymers. It is desirable that the student has background in in chemistry, chemical engineering or polymer science and engineering. The position is for Spring 2016. Students who will make the Fall 2016 admission will be considered if his/her background is very strong.

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Unprecedented Thermal Rectification from Polyethylene Nanofiber Could Ultimately Lead to Phononic Computing

polymer nanofiber-based thermal diode highlighted in journal Small

The unparalleled development of information technologies originates from the inventions of several critical electronic devices which can manipulate electron flow, exemplified by the solid-state electronic diode. While electronics dominate today’s information technologies, their counterparts – phononics, which also have the potential to transmit and process signals, have not yet been realized in applications. Instead of controlling electron flow, phononic devices control thermal energy (heat) flow, which is much more abundant than electrical energy. A new study from Prof. Luo's group has identified a high performance thermal diode based on polymer nanofiber, which may ultimately lead to the realization of phononic computers.

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New Study Discovers “Unexpected” Improvement in Interfacial Thermal Transport

molecular bridge enhances interfacial thermal transport

A recent paper from the MEMT group studied thermal transport across hard and soft material interfaces and found a 7X enhancement in thermal conductance. This paper is highlighted with as a Frontispiece in issue 35 of Advanced Materials in 2014.

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