Welcome to the Advanced ThermoEngineering Laboratory

  Our group tries to expand the limits of thermal transport—e.g. heat transfer through conduction or thermal conductivity—mainly in solids with nanostructure as shown in the figure below. This could have great effect on daily life of people based on heat energy and thermal properties. Just like the invention of the transistor, it demonstrated external tuning of electrical conductivity and laid the foundation of information processing and the digital age. For means of application, we invest our efforts into improving energy conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric (TE) device, which can directly convert heat into electricity (power generation) and vice versa (refrigeration) by manipulating thermal and electrical transport properties of the TE materials. We also work on thermal modeling for heat dissipation and/or isolation in electronics to cool them down and in passenger vehicles to provide comfortable cooling.

  Feel free to go through our recently updated publications to see how we have been active in our endeavor in contributing to the society on energy.

(Figure. Schematic illustrating various approaches to expand the limits of thermal transport)

This can be accomplished with nanostructured materials, where in phonon wavelengths and their mean free paths can be tuned. (Kim et al. Nano Today (2007) 2, 40)



  • Prof. Kim wins the prime minister award at Nano Korea 2017
  • Newly published articles are updated on Publications

We are looking for M.S. or Ph.D students who have a strong interest and/or experience in thermal transport and thermoelectrics.


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