Symposium ES09—Thermal Energy—Transfer, Conversion and Storage

With over 90% energy utilization going through heat, effective management of thermal energy in terms of transfer, conversion, and storage is critical for a sustainable energy future. Recent advances in materials science open up tremendous opportunities towards this goal. For example, in emerging low dimensional materials, structural length scales overlap with the intrinsic physical length scales (such as the mean free paths and wavelengths of the principal energy carriers, like as phonons, electrons, fluid particles, and photons) leading to significant modifications of thermal transport mechanisms. In addition, other factors such as structure, interfaces, and composition also play critical roles. With progress in understanding and controlling the absorption and emission of radiation from surfaces, various forms of thermal energy conversion, such as solar steam generation and thermophotovoltaics, have also been heavily investigated. Enhanced thermal energy storage, e.g., through phase change materials, is also of great interest.

The goal of this symposium is to create a forum to bridge fundamental research in materials and physics with applications in thermal science and engineering. The aim of this symposium is to provide a venue for fruitful interaction and exchange of ideas. It will also educate students and researchers nationally and globally in this important field of thermal energy.

Topics will include:

  • Micro/Nano Heat/Phonon Transport
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Quantum Heat Engine
  • Thermal conductance at interfaces
  • Solar thermal/ steam conversion
  • Nano and microscale materials for enhanced thermal energy storage
  • Measurement technologies and tools for nanoscale thermal transport
  • Optoacoustics and Optomechanics
  • Acoustic, Phononic, and Thermal Metamaterials
  • Heat flow in micro-electronic, -fluidic, and -mechanical and biosensing devices
  • Thermal radiation at the nanoscale
  • Modeling and theory of nanoscale heat transport

Invited Speakers:

  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Lidong Chen (Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China)
  • Renkun Chen (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Tao Deng (Shanghai Jiaotong, China)
  • Timothy Fisher (Purdue University, USA)
  • Baowen Li (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  • Arun Majumdar (Stanford University, USA)
  • Laurent Pilon (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Ravi Prasher (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Min Qiu (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Pramod Reddy (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Zhifeng Ren (University of Houston, USA)
  • Sheng Shen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Li Shi (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Jeff Snyder (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Jason Valentine (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Evelyn Wang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Junqiao Wu (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Ronggui Yang (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
  • Zongfu Yu (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Jia Zhu
Nanjing University

Bara Cola
Georgia Institute of Technology

Deyu Li
Vanderbilt University

Amy Marconnet
Purdue University

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