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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.
2011 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up
20 Jul 2011 | Workshops
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Additional Tutorials on Selected Topics in Nanotechnology
29 Mar 2011 | Workshops | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck, Umesh V. Waghmare, Timothy S Fisher, N. S. Vidhyadhiraja
Select tutorials in nanotechnology, a part of the
2010 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up.
Tutorial 2: A Bottom-Up View of Heat Transfer in Nanomaterials
23 Mar 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
This lecture provides a theoretical development of the transport of thermal energy by conduction in nanomaterials. The physical nature of energy transport by two carriers—electrons and...
2010 NCN@Purdue Summer School: Electronics from the Bottom Up
18 Jan 2011 | Workshops
Electronics from the Bottom Up seeks to bring a new perspective to electronic devices – one that is designed to help realize the opportunities that nanotechnology presents.
Thermal Transport in Nanostructured Materials: Working to Improve Efficiency in the Field of Thermoelectrics
08 Jul 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Suzanne Singer
This talk discusses the performance of nanostructured thin films as a potential
material for thermoelectric energy conversion applications, as well as the
material composition variations that...
Research Within Vasileska Group
29 Jun 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This presentation outlines recent progress in reseach within Vasileska group in the area of random telegraph noise and thermal modeling, and modeling of GaN HEMTs.
Molecular Sensors for MEMS
10 Dec 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): John P. Sullivan
This seminar will cover the issues involved in using molecular sensors in MEMS and their application to microchannels, supersonic micronozzles, microjet impingement, microturbines and unsteady...
MIT Tools for Energy Conversion and Storage
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12 Oct 2009 | Tools | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Joo-Hyoung Lee, Varadharajan Srinivasan, Alexander S McLeod, Lucas Wagner
Atomic-Scale Simulation Tools to Explore Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
Illinois ME 498 Introduction of Nano Science and Technology, Lecture 10: Thermal and Electric Conduction in Nanostructures
07 Oct 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Nick Fang, Omar N Sobh
Thermal and Electric Conduction in Nanostructures
Back to Constitutive Equations
Coupled Heat and Electron Conduction
Metal Oxide Nanowires as Gas Sensing Elements: from Basic Research to Real World Applications
21 Sep 2009 | Online Presentations | 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...
Illinois ECE 598EP Lecture 3.1 - Hot Chips: Electrons and Phonons
17 Feb 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Pop, Omar N Sobh
Electrons and Phonons
Illinois ECE 598EP Lecture 1 - Hot Chips: Atoms to Heat Sinks
02 Feb 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Eric Pop
The Big Picture
Another CPU without a Heat Sink
Thermal Management Methods
Impact on People and Environment
IBM S/390 refrigeration and...
Thermoelectric Power Factor Calculator for Nanocrystalline Composites
21 Oct 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Terence Musho, Greg Walker
Quantum Simulation of the Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Conductivity in a 2D Nanocrystalline Composite Structure using Non-Equilibrium Green's Functions
Quantum and Thermal Effects in Nanoscale Devices
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18 Sep 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
To investigate lattice heating within a Monte Carlo device simulation framework, we simultaneously solve the Boltzmann transport equation for the electrons, the 2D Poisson equation to get the...
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10 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Feifei Lian, Feifei Lian, Feifei Lian
This tool performs a self-consistent simulation of the current-voltage curve of a metallic single-wall carbon nanotube with Joule heating.
BNC Annual Research Review: An Introduction to PRISM and MEMS Simulation
04 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | 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...
Nanoscale Opto Thermo Electric Energy Conversion Devices
28 May 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ali Shakouri
We review solid-state devices that allow direct conversion of heat into electricity. We describe fundamental and practical limits of conventional thermoelectric materials. Novel...
Heat Transfer across Solid Contacts Enhanced with Nanomaterials
11 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | 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...
An Experimentalists’ Perspective
19 Dec 2007 | Online Presentations | 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...
Microscale Ionic Wind for Local Cooling Enhancement
26 Oct 2007 | Online Presentations | 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...