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ICES Seminar Series: Carbon Nanotube Thermal Transport from Molecular Dynamics

Type:   Lecture
Time:   12/8/2004 11:00 AM
Location:   1202 Hamburg Hall
Contact:   Christina Cowan

Abstract: Due to their superior thermal properties, carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube-based materials show promise for thermal management in a number of applications. Recent studies indicate that thermal boundary resistance between individual nanotubes will be a key factor influencing heat flow in nanotube composite materials. Despite the significant amount of research on single-wall carbon nanotubes, however, the exact value of their thermal conductivity has not been well established and much is still not understood about the influence of nanotube arrangement on tube-tube thermal transport. In this talk recent atomistic simulation results on thermal conductivity of individual nanotubes and thermal transport between nanotubes will be presented. Additionally, modeling results for other nanostructures and current experiments for transport characterization will be discussed. Bio: Jennifer R. Lukes received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering magna cum laude from Rice University in 1994 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa that same year. Following her undergraduate studies, she joined Amoco Production Company as a facility engineer. A National Science Foundation Fellow, she returned to academia after a year in industry and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and 2001. Dr. Lukes joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania in September 2002 as the first William K. Gemmill Assistant Professor. A member of the Materials Research Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, she currently serves on the ASME K-8 Committee on Theory and Fundamentals of Heat Transfer.

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