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Jennifer R. Lukes

Associate Professor

Phone: 215.898.3254
Office: 247 Towne Building
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Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, December 2001.
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, May 1998.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, Rice University, May 1994.


Selected for National Academy of Engineering's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2007
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006
William K. Gemmill Term Chair, 2002
National Science Foundation Fellow, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa, 1994


MEAM 333 - Heat and Mass Transfer
MEAM 402/502 - Energy Engineering
MEAM 572 - Micro/Nanoscale Energy Transport



  • Nanoscale thermal, fluid, and mass transport
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Laser-based materials characterization
  • Field-directed patterning for nanofabrication
  • Flow measurement in confined geometries
  • Micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • Overview:

    Nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, thin solid films and other nanostructures transport heat much differently than structures with macroscopic characteristic dimensions. As a result, interest in assembling these nanostructures to build new composite 'metamaterials' with extreme thermal conductivities has increased dramatically in recent years in application areas ranging from electronics thermal management to thermoelectric alternative energy generation.

    Dr. Lukes's group investigates the size dependence of thermal transport properties in nanostructures, the fundamental phonon transport mechanisms governing these properties, and the emergent behavior arising from thermal coupling between individual nanostructures.

    Also of interest is the unusual fluid and mass transport behavior occurring at the nanoscale. Dr. Lukes's group investigates this behavior using a combination of computer modeling and experimental techniques, with a view toward developing new approaches for nanofabrication.

    Research Projects

    SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS (past three years):

    N. Zuckerman and J. R. Lukes, 2007, "Acoustic Phonon Scattering from Particles Embedded in an Anisotropic Medium," to appear in Physical Review B.

    N. Zuckerman and J. R. Lukes, 2007, "Atomistic Visualization of Anisotropic Wave Propagation in Crystals," to appear in Journal of Heat Transfer.

    J. R. Lukes and H. Zhong, 2007, "Thermal Conductivity of Individual Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes," Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 129, pp. 705-716. (Second most downloaded article in Journal of Heat Transfer, June 2007)

    R. Haggenmueller, C. Guthy, J. R. Lukes, J. E. Fischer, and K. I. Winey, 2007, "Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Polyethylene Nanocomposites. Thermal and Electrical Conductivity," Macromolecules, Vol. 40, pp. 2417-2421.

    H. Zhong and J. R. Lukes, 2006, "Interfacial Thermal Resistance between Carbon Nanotubes: Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Analytical Thermal Modeling," Physical Review B, Vol. 74, 125403. (Selected for the September 18, 2006 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)

    Y. Chen, D. Li, J. R. Lukes, Z. Ni, and M. Chen, 2005, "Minimum Superlattice Thermal Conductivity from Molecular Dynamics," Physical Review B, Vol. 72, 174302. (Selected for the November 21, 2005 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)

    Y. Chen, D. Li, J. R. Lukes, and A. Majumdar, 2005, "Monte Carlo Simulation of Silicon Nanowire Thermal Conductivity," Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 127, pp. 1129-1137.

    J. R. Lukes and C.-L. Tien, 2004, "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thermal Conduction in Nanoporous Thin Films," Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Vol. 8, pp. 341-359.

    Y. Chen, D. Li, J. Yang, Y. Wu, J. R. Lukes, and A. Majumdar, 2004, "Molecular Dynamics Study of the Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Kr/Ar Superlattice Nanowires," Physica B, Vol. 349, pp. 270-280.

    Y. Chen, J. R. Lukes, D. Li, J. Yang, and Y. Wu, 2004, "Thermal Expansion and Impurity Effects on Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Solid Argon," Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 120, pp. 3841-3846.