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Thermal transport at sub-micron scales differs substantially from that at normal length scales. Physical laws for heat transfer, such as Fourier's law for heat conduction, fail when the mean free path of energy carriers becomes comparable to the length scales of interest. This occurs in modern microelectronic devices, where for example, channel dimensions, now below 100 nm in length, are comparable to the mean free path of phonons in silicon at room temperature. Research in the nanoscale thermal transport area addresses novel physics at small length and time scales and novel technologies that exploit this class of physics.
Learn more about nanoscale thermo transport from the resources available on this site, listed below.
A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
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13 Feb 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Ratner
While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement involved in nanoscale research - what, why and how. Specific topics include assembly, properties,...
An Experimentalists’ Perspective
19 Dec 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Arunava Majumdar
This presentation was one of 13 presentations in the one-day forum, "Excellence in Computer Simulation," which brought together a broad set of experts to reflect on the future of computational science and engineering.
BNC Annual Research Review: An Introduction to PRISM and MEMS Simulation
04 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Jayathi Murthy
This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the upcoming year.
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion
23 Apr 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
CMOS-Nano Hybrid Technology: a nanoFPGA-related study
04 Apr 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Wei Wang
Dr. Wei Wang received his PhD degree in 2002 from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2002 to 2004, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada....
E304 L7.2.2: Nanoscale Heat Transfer - Application: Thermoelectric Generators
06 May 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Mehmet Cevdet Ozturk
ECE 595E Lecture 18: FEM for Thermal Transport
01 Mar 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Peter Bermel
Outline:Recap from MondayThermal transfer overviewConvectionConductionRadiative transfer
Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials
15 May 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects ofnanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,recent work has shown that the electric field around a nanoscale fieldemission device can increase the average energy of emitted electrons. Weconsider here...
Heat Transfer across Solid Contacts Enhanced with Nanomaterials
11 Feb 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
This presentation will describe thermal transport processes at solid-solid material interfaces. An overview of applications in the electronics industry will serve to motivate the subject, and then the basic diffusive constriction theory will be developed. The addition of carbon nanotube arrays to...
Heat Under the Microscope:
Uncovering the Microscopic Processes that Govern
04 Oct 2016 | | Contributor(s):: Austin Minnich
n this talk, I will describe our efforts to uncover the microscopic processes that govern thermal transport by phonons. In particular, I will describe how our advances in computation and experiment have enabled the first direct measurements of thermal phonon transmission coefficients at solid...
Highly Efficient Thermal Transport: The Application of Carbon Nanotube Array Interfaces
01 Feb 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Baratunde A. Cola
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have received much attention in recent years for their extraordinary properties that through careful engineering may be leverage for the development of numerous advantageous applications. However, to date, only few CNT based applications exist in the market place. So when...
Illinois ECE 598EP Lecture 1 - Hot Chips: Atoms to Heat Sinks
29 Jan 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Eric Pop
IntroductionContent: The Big Picture Another CPU without a Heat Sink Thermal Management Methods Impact on People and Environment Packaging cost IBM S/390 refrigeration and processor packaging Intel Itanium and Pentium 4packaging Graphics Cards Under/Overclocking Environment A More Detailed Look...
Illinois ECE 598EP Lecture 3.1 - Hot Chips: Electrons and Phonons
11 Feb 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Eric Pop, Omar N Sobh
Electrons and Phonons
Illinois ME 498 Introduction of Nano Science and Technology, Lecture 10: Thermal and Electric Conduction in Nanostructures
05 Oct 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Nick Fang, Omar N Sobh
Thermal and Electric Conduction in NanostructuresTopics: Back to Constitutive Equations Coupled Heat and Electron Conduction Thermoelectric Cooling Principle of Thermoelectric Effect Comparison of Different Materials Challenges in Efficiency Nanoscale Thermoelectricity
Lecture 4: Thermoelectric Effects-Physical Approach
28 Jul 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
The effect of temperature gradients on current flow and how electrical currents produce heat currents are discussed.
Lecture 5: Thermoelectric Effects - Mathematics
16 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
Beginning with the general model for transport, we mathematically deriveexpressions for the four thermoelectric transport coefficients:(i) Electrical conductivity,(ii) Seebeck coefficient (or "thermopower"),(iii) Peltier coefficient,(iv) Electronic heat conductivity.
Lecture 9: Introduction to Phonon Transport
17 Aug 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Lundstrom
This lecture is an introduction to phonon transport. Key similarities and differences between electron and phonon transport are discussed.
MCW07 Simple Models for Molecular Transport Junctions
13 Sep 2007 | | Contributor(s):: , Abraham Nitzan, Mark Ratner
We review our recent research on role of interactions in molecular transport junctions. We consider simple models within nonequilibrium Green function approach (NEGF) in steady-state regime.
Metal Oxide Nanowires as Gas Sensing Elements: from Basic Research to Real World Applications
21 Sep 2009 | | Contributor(s):: andrei kolmakov
Quasi 1-D metal oxide single crystal chemiresistors are close to occupy their specific niche in the real world of solid state sensorics. Potentially, the major advantage of this kind of sensors with respect to available granular thin film sensors will be their size and stable, reproducible and...
Microscale Ionic Wind for Local Cooling Enhancement
26 Oct 2007 | | Contributor(s):: David B Go
As the electronics industry continues to develop small, highly functional, mobile devices, new methods of cooling are required to manage the thermal requirements of the not only the chip but the entire system. Comfortable skin temperatures, small form factors, and limited power consumption are...