Nanotechnology holds promise for revolutionizing future industries related to energy, materials, electronics, biomedicine, military, and consumer products. Due to the importance to the future energy and other emerging needs, thermophysical engineering research has been growing especially in the emerging field of micro/nanoscale heat transfer. When the characteristic length becomes comparable to the mechanistic length scale, continuum assumptions that are often made in conventional thermal analyses may break down; similarly, when the characteristic time becomes comparable to the mechanistic timescale, traditional equilibrium approaches may not be appropriate. Understanding the energy transport physics in small dimensions and short timescales is crucial for future advances of nanotechnology. In this presentation, I will review the historical development in nanoscale and microscale thermal engineering, concentrating on heat conduction and thermal radiation. An outline of my Nano/Microscale Heat Transfer book will also be presented. It represents a logical sequence to introduce statistical mechanics, quantum physics, solid-state physics, and electrodynamics, necessary for solving thermal transport problems in nanostructures or during short-pulsed laser heating. Furthermore, I will introduce the recent developments in the field with promising applications.
Professor Zhuomin Zhang earned a Ph.D. degree from MIT and worked at NIST and University of Florida prior to joining Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei). Professor Zhang is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, and APS, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Professor Zhang’s research interests are in micro/nanoscale heat transfer especially nanoscale thermal radiation for energy conversion and temperature measurement. He has written a book on Nano/Microscale Heat Transfer (McGraw-Hill, 2017), co-authored over 180 journal papers, and given over 370 invited and contributed presentations. His former students have established independent careers at major universities or industry in the United States, China (mainland and Taiwan) and South Korea. In addition, Professor Zhang has supervised many visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate student researchers. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer and the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer. He served as the Program Chair of the ASME 3rd Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference (Atlanta, March 2012), Chair of the 2nd International Workshop on Nano-Micro Thermal Radiation (Shanghai, June 2014), and General Chair for the ASME 5th Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference (Singapore, January 2016). Professor Zhang was a recipient of the 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award.