Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies




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Prof. Dimos Poulikakos has been awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant to support his research on understanding and couteracting surface icing.

04.11.2015: Droplet trampolining and anti-icing research published in Nature

T. M. Schutzius and S. Jung et al. Spontaneous droplet trampolining on rigid superhydrophobic surfaces. Nature (2015), DOI: 10.1038/nature15738.

22.09.2015: New paper published

C. S. Sharma et al. A simplified approach to hotspot alleviation in microprocessors. Appl. Therm. Eng.(2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.08.086.

08.09.2015: New paper published

T. Maitra et al. Superhydrophobicity vs. Ice Adhesion: The quandary of robust icephobic surface design. Adv. Mater. Interf.(2015), DOI: 10.1002/admi.201500330.

20.08.2015: New paper published

S. Kress et al. Wedge waveguides and resonators for quantum plasmonics. Nano Lett.(2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b03051.

10.06.2015: New paper published

S. Zimmermann et al. A high-efficiency hybrid high-concentration photovoltaic system. Int. J. Heat Mass Tran.(2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2015.04.068.

22.05.2015: New paper published
C. S. Sharma et al. A novel method of energy efficient hotspot-targeted embedded liquid cooling for electronics: An experimental study. Int. J. Heat Mass Tran.(2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2015.04.047.

07.05.2015: New paper published

J. Schneider et al. Site-specific deposition of single gold nanoparticles by individual growth in electrohydrodynamically-printed attoliter droplet reactors. Nanoscale(2015), DOI: 10.1039/C4NR06964A.

05.05.2015: LTNT makes the cover of Langmuir


Cover image accompanies the appearance of the invited feature article on the physics of icing in the print edition of Langmuir.

17.03.2015: New paper published

M. Wingert et al. Sub-amorphous thermal conductivity in ultrathin crystalline silicon nanotubes. Nano Lett.(2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b00167.

04.03.2015: New paper published

J. Marschewski et al. Mixing with herringbone-inspired microstructures: overcoming the diffusion limit in co-laminar microfluidic devices. Lab Chip(2015), DOI: 10.1039/C5LC00045A .

02.03.2015: New paper published

Y. Pan et al. Significant thermal conductivity reduction of silicon nanowires forests through discrete surface doping of germanium. Appl. Phys. Lett.(2015), DOI: 10.1063/1.4913879.

03.02.2015: New paper published

G. Hong et al. In-situ assembly in confined spaces of coated particle scaffolds as thermal underfills with extraordinary thermal conductivity. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter.(2014), DOI: 10.1021/am5073222.


We perform fundamental research in the areas of interfacial transport phenomena and thermodynamics across scales (nano/meso to macro), and on the development of transformative energy technologies. Intimately related to this is the development and understanding of new materials and processes with advanced properties and functionalities with respect to transport phenomena and energy.

Our teaching activities include lectures  at the bachelor and master level covering fundamental and applied aspects of thermodynamics, interfacial transport phenomena across scales (nano/meso to macro) and novel energy technologies.

Bachelor and master students also participate in our research by carrying out their bachelor, semester or master thesis with us. New opportunities are posted on our student projects page. 


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