ME 433 (cross-listed as MSC 433 and CHE 433): Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion

Understanding energy transport and conversion at the nanoscale requires a detailed picture of interactions among molecules, electrons, phonons, and photons. This course draws on relevant concepts from statistical thermodynamics and solid state physics to describe the physical mechanisms of energy transport and conversion in nanoscale systems. Topics covered include kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamic distribution functions, energy carrier dispersion relations, Boltzmann transport equation modeling of thermal and electrical properties, size effects (classical and quantum) on material properties, and thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion.

Offered: Fall 2019