News

2017

imageCongrats to Zoila, Peishi, and Erika for passing their candidacy exams May 31, 2017
imagePhysical Review B publishes Chengyun's work on using time-domain thermoreflectance measurements to obtain transmission spectra at material interfaces May 15, 2017
imageNature Scientific Reports publishes Lina's work on low frequency thermal phonons in Si and SiGe. Mar 14, 2017
imageCongrats to Austin for receiving tenure! Mar 7, 2017
imageACS Photonics publishes Junlong's paper on daytime radiative cooling. Feb 3, 2017

2016

imageCongrats to Chengyun for receiving the Centennial Prize for Best Thesis in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Caltech! May 25, 2016
imageCongrats to Jaeyun for passing his PhD Candidacy Exam! May 25, 2016
imageCongrats to Chengyun for successfully defending her thesis! May 18, 2016
imageNate presents his work at MRS Spring 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. March 31, 2016
imageCongrats to Ding for successfully defending his thesis! March 8, 2016
imageNano Letters Hang's and Xiangwen's work on c-axis phonon mean free path spectra in graphite. February 3, 2016
imagePhys. Rev. B. publishes Ding's and Taeyong's work on active extraction of near-field surface modes into the far-field. February 2, 2016
imagePhys. Rev. B. publishes Navaneeth's work on thermal transport along thin films. January 28, 2016
imageApplied Physics Letters publishes Nick's work on heat conduction in nanotrusses. January 4, 2016

2015

imageCongrats to Andrew for passing his PhD Candidacy Exam! May 20, 2015
imageCongrats to Nate for passing his PhD Candidacy Exam! May 15, 2015
imageXiangwen Chen presents his work at MRS Spring 2015 in San Francisco, California Apr 10 2015
imageChengyun Hua presents her work at MRS Spring 2015 in San Francisco, California Apr 10 2015
imageNavaneetha Ravichandran presents his work at MRS Spring 2015 in San Francisco, California Apr 8 2015

imagePaper Published in Phys. Rev. B.

Physical Review B published Austin's work on extending an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation to highly anisotropic solids. February 17, 2015

imageAustin presents an invited talk at Rutgers University. Thanks to Mona for the invitation!. January 21, 2015

imagePaper Published in J. Phys. Cond. Matt.

The Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter published Austin's topical review of computational and experimental methods that provide an unprecedented microscopic view of thermal transport by phonons. January 21, 2015

2014

imageAustin presents an invited talk at ASME 2014 IMECE in Montreal, Canada. November 19, 2014
imageAndrew presents his work at ASME 2014 IMECE in Montreal, Canada. Nov 17 2014
imageNick presents his work at ASME 2014 IMECE in Montreal, Canada. Nov 17 2014
imageXiangwen presents his work at ASME 2014 IMECE in Montreal, Canada. Nov 17 2014
imageChengyun presents her work at ASME 2014 IMECE in Montreal, Canada. Nov 17 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at the UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering department. Thanks to Prof. Xiang Zhang for hosting the visit! September 10, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at the 8th US-Japan Joint Seminar on Nanoscale Transport Phenomena. Thanks to Chris and Pramod for organizing a great conference! July 13, 2014
imageHang presents his work at International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Nashville, Tennessee. July 10, 2014
imageChengyun presents her work at 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. June 20, 2014
imageNavaneetha presents his work at 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. June 20, 2014
imageDing presents his work at 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. June 20, 2014
imageXiangwen presents his work at 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. June 19, 2014
imageAustin presents a talk at the UCSB Materials Science department. Thanks to Prof. Susanne Stemmer for the invitation! June 6, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at the Phononics and Thermal Energy Science conference in Shanghai. Thanks to Prof. Baowen Li for the invitation! May 30, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at UCSD. Thanks to Renkun for hosting! May 12, 2014
imageCongrats to Nick for passing his candidacy! May 7, 2014

imageNavaneeth receives Dow-Resnick Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to Navaneeth for being selected as Dow-Resnick graduate fellow! His proposal,"Large scale sustainable lighting through efficient heat dissipation in LEDs", is about enabling large scale implementation of LEDs for sustainable domestic and industrial lighting by improving heat dissipation in these devices. May 6, 2014

imagePaper published in APL

Applied Physics Letters published Ding's recent work on a numerical study to identify the radial suppression function that allows the mean free path spectrum to be quantitatively reconstructed from variable pump-size measurements in time-domain thermoreflectance. April, 2014

imagePaper Published in Physical Review B

Physical Review B published Chengyun's recent work on a new analytical solution of the frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport equation in transient grating decay, which leads to a more accurate measurement of phonon mean free path spectrum March, 2014

imageAustin presents an invited talk at APS March meeting in Denver, ColoradoMarch 07, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at UC Irvine. Thanks to Lorenzo for hosting! February 28, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at Yonsei University in Seoul. Thanks to Woochul for the invitation! February 20, 2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at USC. Thanks to Steve Cronin for hosting! January 22,2014
imageAustin presents an invited talk at UCLA. Thanks to Adrienne Lavine for hosting! January 10,2014
imageAndrew Robbins, 1st year Material Science graduate student, joins the group. Welcome Andrew! January 8, 2014

2013

imageXiangwen presents his work at IMECE 2013 in San Diego, CA. November 19, 2013
imageAustin presents invited talks at the University of Oregon and the University of Washington. November 5, 2013
imageCongrats to ding for passing his candidacy! Sept 4, 2013
imageChengyun presents her work at 75th Anniversary Heat Transfer Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 18, 2013
imageNavaneetha presents his work at 75th Anniversary Heat Transfer Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 18, 2013
imageCongrats to Chengyun for passing her candidacy! May 28, 2013
imageCongrats to Navaneeth for passing his candidacy! May 20, 2013
imageDing Ding, a 3rd year Applied Physics student, joins the group. Welcome Ding! May 1, 2013
imageAustin presents an invited talk at the WE Heraeus workshop on nanoscale thermal transport in Bad Honnef, Germany. April 10, 2013
imageAustin gives an invited and contributed talk at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA. April 1, 2013
imageNick Dou, 1st year MCE graduate student, joins the group. Welcome Nick! March 29, 2013

imageAustin receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Austin for being selected for an NSF CAREER award! His proposal, "Investigation of thermal phonon scattering processes in solids," will use newly developed experimental methods to study the microscopic scattering processes that determine the thermal conductivities of solids. February 1, 2013

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2012

imagePaper Published in Physical Review Letters

Physical Review Letters published Austin's recent work on determining the mean free path distribution from the experimental observation. For the first time, using this thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique, the mean free path distribution is able to be measured, which will have a profound influence on understanding of the thermal transport in nanoscale structure. November, 2012

imageMinnich Lab Open House

We are happy to annouce that Minnich Lab is completed this summer and ready for all kinds of exciting research. Please join us on September 28th and explore yourselves! Guided tours will be available. All caltech students and faculty are invited! September 28, 2012

imageChengyun presents her work at IMECE 2012 in Houston, TX. November 14, 2012
imageTeresa Liu, a senior physics undergraduate, joins the group. Welcome Teresa! November 1, 2012
imageAustin presents at the Phonons 2012 conference in Ann Arbor, MI. July 15, 2012
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2011

 

imageMinnich Lab Awarded Bosch Grant

The Minnich Lab was awarded a grant by the Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) Program to continue its investigation into phonon transport in thermoelectric materials. The Minnich Lab was one of 7 groups out of 121 selected for the grant. The grant will support our efforts to develop our new thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique. See our Research page for more details about this work. November 1, 2011

imagePaper Chosen as Editor's Suggestion in PRL

The Minnich Lab's work on thermal conductivity spectroscopy is chosen as Editor's suggestion and featured on the APS website. Our thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique provides a unique means to probe the mean free path distribution of phonons over a wide variety of materials and length scales. This information is essential for effectively engineering thermal transport at the nanoscale. August 31, 2011

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