Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Timothy S Fisher

Committee Member 1

Xianfan Xu

Committee Member 2

Ali Shakouri

Committee Member 3

Amy Marconnet


Carbon nanomaterials, mainly including carbon nanotubes and graphene, have high potential for heat transfer applications at high temperatures because of their superb heat transport properties and good thermal stability. However, due to the small physical sizes of carbon nanomaterials, real-world applications often require an ensemble of them. The present study aims to characterizing the thermal properties of carbon nanomaterial ensembles and understanding the underlying mechanism with an emphasis on high temperature applications.