Jennifer Lukes
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SEAS/Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Research Interests:

  • Nanoscale thermal, fluid, and mass transport
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Laser-based materials characterization
  • Field-directed patterning for nanofabrication
  • Flow measurement in confined geometries
  • Micro- and nanoscale engineering

Research Overview: Nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, thin solid films and other nanostructures transport heat much differently than structures with macroscopic characteristic dimensions. As a result, interest in assembling these nanostructures to build new composite 'metamaterials' with extreme thermal conductivities has increased dramatically in recent years in application areas ranging from electronics thermal management to thermoelectric alternative energy generation. Dr. Lukes's group investigates the size dependence of thermal transport properties in nanostructures, the fundamental phonon transport mechanisms governing these properties, and the emergent behavior arising from thermal coupling between individual nanostructures. Also of interest is the unusual fluid and mass transport behavior occurring at the nanoscale. Dr. Lukes's group investigates this behavior using a combination of computer modeling and experimental techniques, with a view toward developing new approaches for nanofabrication.

Jennifer Luke's Recent Publiactions

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, December 2001.
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, May 1998.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, Rice University, May 1994.

Honors and Awards: Selected for National Academy of Engineering's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2007 - National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006 - William K. Gemmill Term Chair, 2002 - National Science Foundation Fellow, 1995