Nano Scale Heat Transfer

In MEMS and NEMS devices, latten heat is removed by the heat transport either to the ambient or to a coolant. In such cases, the understanding of interface thermal resistance (ITR) observed between nano-scale device components and surrounding/confined fluid, as well as between suspended nano-particles and fluid medium in nano-fluidics coolants plays a critical role. Hence, my aim is to characterize ITR for simple and complex liquid/solid couples.

A phenomenological model which can predict the ITR as a function of the wall temperature was developed for Argon/Silver and Argon/Graphite interfaces. Analytical solutions employing this model as the coefficient of a Navier-type temperature jump boundary condition result in successful predictions of temperature distribution in nano-channels as thin as 5nm. Next, I focused on Water/Silicon system. The wetting behavior of a pure silicon surface is studied with Water nano-droplets to properly tune the interaction parameters to recover the correct wetting behavior measured by experiments. Resultant ITR values are found to be in good agreement with the experimental measurements on hydrophobic surfaces. Further characterizations were made on temperature and pressure dependence of ITR. Developing models for temperature jump boundary condition provide effective engineering solutions for nano-scale heat transfer problems.

Releated Publications: 
  1. Pham TA, Barisik M, Kim BH (2013) Pressure Dependence of Kapitza Resistance at Gold/Water and Silicon/Water Interfaces. Physical Review E,under Review.
  2. Barisik M, Beskok A (2013) Temperature Dependence of Thermal Resistance at the Water/Silicon Interface. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, under Review.
  3. Barisik M, Beskok A (2013) Wetting Characterization of Silicon (1,0,0) Surface. Molecular Simulation, doi:10.1080/08927022.2012.758854.
  4. Barisik M, Beskok A (2012) Boundary Treatment Effects on Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Interface Thermal Resistance. Journal of Computational Physics, doi:10.1016/
  5. Shi Z, Barisik M, Beskok A (2012) Interface Thermal Resistance between Liquid Argon and Various Solids. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, doi:10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2012.04.009.