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Symposium SF15—Thermal Processes and Management Under Unconventional Conditions

Functional materials and devices under unconventional conditions such as ultralow/ultrahigh temperature, high pressure/strain, high electric/magnetic field, and corrosions are hailed as a revolutionary field for practical applications. Unconventional environmental conditions will induce both physical properties related to device geometry, and new quantum and coupling states. For instance, the combination of high magnetic fields of 60 T and pressure of 4 GPa has recently shed new light on the subtle competition between the hidden-order state and neighboring magnetically ordered quantum states. The resultant external condition change of thermal management based on phonon/electric transports will challenge device performance including durability of material component stability, data communication, and measurement reliability. Discovering and understanding thermal properties in functional materials and devices under unconventional conditions is fundamentally important to harnessing thermal management. The recent experimental development in advanced scattering, spectroscopy, and microscopy measurements made the studies in unconventional conditions feasible.

This symposium will cover fundamental thermal transport theory and modeling of functional materials and devices, elucidating how controlled external unconventional conditions can enable new materials properties and device functions with well-managed thermal performance. Interdisciplinary topics in thermal science at the interaction of mechanical engineering, physics, manufacturing and materials science and engineering will be presented by invited speakers in order to accelerate the understanding of thermal management in unconventional conditions. Interdisciplinary presentations from invited speakers are also aimed to motivate synergistic research collaborations in the field of functional thermal materials, structures and devices.

Topics will include:

  • Theory and modeling of thermal transport under unconventional conditions
  • Nano- and Quantum- thermal science under unconventional conditions
  • Design and manufacturing of functional thermal materials and devices
  • Extreme thermoelectric properties of functional materials
  • In situ thermal characterization under unconventional conditions
  • Adaptive thermal structures and devices
  • Strain engineering in thermal science
  • Thermal management in wearable technology
  • Data science applications in thermal management

Invited Speakers:

  • Alexander Balandin (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • David Cahill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Timothy Fisher (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Samuel Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Joseph Heremans (The Ohio State University, USA)
  • Lucas Lindsay (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Austin Minninch (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Michael Pettes (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Eric Pop (Stanford University, USA)
  • Ajit Roy (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Xiulin Ruan (Purdue University, USA)
  • Kenneth Sandhage (Purdue University, USA)
  • Li Shi (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Ying Sun (Drexel University, USA)
  • Yaguo Wang (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Xianfan Xu (Purdue University, USA)
  • Yongwei Zhang (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)

Symposium Organizers

Annie Xian Zhang
Stevens Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Satish Kumar
Georgia Institute of Technology
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Nenad Miljkovic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Baoxing Xu
University of Virginia
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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