Highlights

August 1, 2018: Bhumika successfully defends her Masters.

June 26, 2018: Amir presents his work on Open Educational Resources in Engineering at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, UT.

June 25, 2018: Dr. Roberts moderates the Panel on Thermal Rectification at the AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, GA with Panelists Greg Walker, Chris Dames, and Jacob Supowit.

June 4-7, 2018: The lab runs 4 challenge sessions on the processing, structure, property relationships of chocolate as part of Engineering State.

May 21-25, 2018: Kim and Alyssa join the lab for the week as part of the USU NASMP where they fabricated and characterized some thin carbon nanomaterial based elastomeric polymers for applications as thermal interface materials.

May 17, 2018: USU Science Unwrapped releases the full 2018-2019 schedule for the "Powers of 10" 10th Annual Science Unwrapped Series where Dr. Roberts will team up with Dr. Elizabeth Vargis in Biological Engineering to present on "Nano."

May 15-16, 2018: Dr. Roberts visits INL to get two seminars to the Modeling Group and the Materials and Fuels Complex.

May 11, 2018: Dr. Roberts visits TSS Microscopy to make the final acceptance of the new Dual Beam SEM/FIB instrument that will be coming to USU later in the summer!

May 4-5, 2018: Congratulations to all of the 2018 USU Graduates!

April 26, 2018: Daxi successfully defends his thesis.

April 25, 2018: Tanner successfully defends his thesis. He will be moving to Idaho Falls for a summer opportunity at Idaho National Laboratory.

April 25, 2018: Tate successfully defends his thesis.

April 12, 2018: Daxi and Matthew present their reserach at the 2018 USU Student Research Symposium.

February 26-27, 2018: Dr. Roberts attends the CERV Conference in Park City, UT.

December 19, 2017: Matthew Jouffray has been awarded a USU COE EURP fellowship to support his research on thermal management of railgun armatures using phase change materials. Congratulations Matt and welcome to nTEL.

November 13-14, 2017: Dr. Roberts makes initial visit to TSS Microscopy to demo multiple potential Dual Beam SEM/FIB instruments as part of a recent NEUP Infrastructure Award.

September 25-27, 2017: Dr. Roberts and Amir present at the SELECT Annual Meeting and Technology Showcase.

September 11-12, 2017: Dr. Roberts attends the CAES/NEUP planning meeting in Idaho Falls, ID.

August 28, 2017: nTEL welcomes James Moughamian to the lab where he will be pursuing an MS degree in ME.

May 19, 2017: Dallin successfully defends his MS.

May 5-6, 2017: Congratulations to all of the 2017 USU Graduates!

April 27, 2017: Jacob successfully defends his MS thesis.

April 17-21, 2017: Tanner attends the MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ to present his research on the thermal conductivity reduction in Mg2Si and the length dependent thermal conductivity of carbon nanotubes.

April 13, 2017: McKay, Amir, Tanner, and Daxi present their research at the 2017 USU Student Research Symposium.

April 3-5, 2017: Tanner presents his reserach at the ASTFE Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

November 14-17, 2016: Dr. Roberts attends and presents research at IMECE in Phoenix, AZ.

October 24-26, 2016: McKay presents his research at MS&T in Salt Lake City, UT.

September 26-28, 2016: nTEL attends the SELECT Annual Meeting and Showcase.

July 11-14, 2016: Dr. Roberts attends the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference to present work by ChangJin and Tanner in Washington, D.C.

July 7, 2016: David's work is published in AIMS Materials Science. The paper can be found here.

June 3, 2016: Ben White successfully defends his Masters Thesis!

June 1, 2016: nTEL welcomes Amir Behbahanian as it's newest member. Amir will be pursuing a PhD.

May 6-7, 2016: nTEL congratulates Matthew Ralphs, ChangJin Choi, Emma Davis, Sam Driggs, and David Wood along with all the other USU graduates.

April 18, 2016: Dr. Roberts visits PNNL with Drs. Berke, Liu, and Munro.

March 28-31, 2016: Praveen attends and presents at the MRS spring meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

March 17, 2016: Matt successfully defends his Masters Thesis!

February 15-17, 2016: Dr. Roberts attends the TMS meeting in Nashville, TN.

February 3, 2016: nTEL enjoys a day on the slopes together.

January 23, 2016: ChangJin's work is published in the International Journal of Thermal Sciences. The paper can be found here.

December 17, 2015: ChangJin successfully defense his PhD!

December 7, 2015: Dr. Roberts visits BYU.

December 3, 2015: nTEL hosts Dr. Brian Iverson from BYU for a lab visit and to give a seminar.

November 16-19, 2015: Dr. Roberts and Matthew Ralphs attend IMECE in Houston, TX where Matt presents his research on thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube enhanced PDMS.

November 9-11, 2015: Dr. Roberts attends the ANS Conference in Washington, DC.

October 13, 2015: Dr. Roberts, Aarthi Ramesh, Benjamin White, ChangJin Choi, and Praveen Medisetti attend NanoUtah at the University of Utah

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September 15, 2015: Dr. Roberts is the recipient of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Faculty Enhancement Grant with PI Heng Ban and Co-PI Ryan Berke.

September 1, 2015: ChangJin's work using NEMD to study fundamentals of phonon contributions to thermal boundary conductance from lattice and mass mismatch and defects was published in AIP Advances. The paper can be found here.

August 26, 2015: Dr. Roberts is awarded an Energy Research Triangle Award in a collaboration with PI Taylor Sparks at the University of Utah and Co-PI Matt Jones at Brigham Young University to study Optimization of Tunable Thermoelectric Generators for efficient thermal energy harvesting.

August 1, 2015: Dr. Roberts is part of a team with PI Ryan Berke, Co-PI Heng Ban, Co-PI Thomas Fronk, and Co-PI Ling Liu awarded a Department of Energy - Nuclear Energy University Partnership Infrastructure Grant.

July 14, 2015: nTEL visited Idaho National Lab.

July 8, 2015: Dr. Roberts presents work by ChangJin Choi at InterPACK 2015.

June 8-11, 2015: nTEL hosts the Materials Science and Engineering through chocolate at USU Engineering State.

June 1-5, 2015: nTEL hosts two students from the Blanding Campus in the lab to learn about the processing and testing of composite materials.

May 11, 2015: Matt Ralphs begins his summer internship at Idaho National Lab.

May 5, 2015: nTEL welcomes a few new members to the lab: Daxi Zhang, Anson Wing, McCay Stoker, Sam Driggs, and Tanner Yorgason.

April 16, 2015: Emma Davis presents her recent results on graphene synthesis at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Spokane, WA.

April 9, 2015: ChangJin Choi presents his recent results on thermal boundary conductance at the MRS Spring meeting in San Francisco, CA.

December 20, 2014: Congratulations to Emma Davis and David Wood for both receiving Engineering Undergraduate Research Program Awards!

December 15, 2014: Congratulations to Ben White on his awarded CNMS Proposal: CNMS2015-148: Directed Assembly of Nickel Silicide Nanoparticles Through Liquid Phase Dewetting Mechanisms as a Substrate for CNT Growth.

October 13, 2014: nTEL is well represented at nanoUtah 2014 with poster presentations from ChangJin Choi, Alyssa John, Ben White, and David Wood.

July 10, 2014: nTEL was awarded two USU RGS Assistantships to support research in collaboration with T.C. Shen in Physics and Marc Maguire in Civil and Environmental Engineering to study carbon nanotube composite materials.

June 10-11, 2014: nTEL organized a challenge session at USU's Engineering State aimed at introducing high school students to Materials Science and Engineering through the polymorphism and processing of chocolate.

May 7, 2014: Prof. Roberts was awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from ORAU to support research on the study of thermal boundary resistance from mass- and lattice-difference scattering.

May 5, 2014: nTEL welcomes four new members to the lab: Emma Davis, Albert Latham, Ben White and David Wood.

May 3, 2014: nTEL congratulates and says goodbye to two recent graduates Tyson Kesler and Bailey Swanson. Best of luck to both of you as you move on. nTEL also congratulates all of USU's 2014 graduates!.

About nTEL

The nanoscale Thermal Energy Lab is directed by Prof. Nick Roberts of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Utah State University. Our goal is to understand and predict thermal energy transport in nanostructured materials to apply to energy conversion, storage, and management. For an overview of the lab please check out our lab poster.

Prospective students

We are always looking for quality students to join our group. Prospectives students should contact Nick Roberts for information about upcoming projects.