and energy transport"
The Thermal Engineering Lab is directed by Prof. Greg Walker of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Our mission is to explore the physical effects of energy transport particularly in nanoscale structures to obtain a better understanding of the physical world that can lead to engineering discoveries in energy applications.
One focus is in microscale energy transport in semiconductor devices designed for energy conversion. This includes thermoelectric devices, solar cells, and fuel cells, for example. We also study fundamental artifacts of small scale transport such as thermal rectification, interfacial conductance and nanofluid convection.
A second focus area is in heat flux measurement using thermographic phosphors and ultrasonic approaches. Our techniques have been applied to gun barrels, aerospace testing in wind tunnels and combustion chambers.
We are always looking for quality students to join our group. Prospective students should contact Greg Walker for information about upcoming projects.