Microscale Thermal Transport and Electromechanical Microfluidic Actuation

Suresh V. Garimella, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University
Dong Liu, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University

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ISSN: 1065-5131


This paper summarizes recent advances in fundamental research on microscale thermal transport in phase-change processes and developments in novel microfluidic actuation methods using electromechanical effects. The research topics covered include thin-film transport, pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, convective flow boiling in microchannels, microscale ionic winds, micropumping using electrohydrodynamic effects including ion induction and dielectrophoresis, and electrowetting-based control of liquid droplet motion. Progress in microscale flow characterization and non-intrusive temperature measurement is also discussed.


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology