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Nanoscale Energy Transport

Emerging phenomena, methods and applications
Professor Bolin Liao


This book brings together leading names in the field of nanoscale energy transport to provide a comprehensive and insightful review of this developing topic. The text covers new developments in the scientific basis and the practical relevance of nanoscale energy transport, highlighting the emerging effects at the nanoscale that qualitatively differ from those at the macroscopic scale. Throughout the book, microscopic energy carriers are discussed, including photons, electrons and magnons. State-of-the-art computational and experimental nanoscale energy transport methods are reviewed, and a broad range of materials system topics are considered, from interfaces and molecular junctions to nanostructured bulk materials. Nanoscale Energy Transport is a valuable reference for researchers in physics, materials, mechanical and electrical engineering, and it provides an excellent resource for graduate students.

About Editors

Bolin Liao is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Liao obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2016, and his main research interests are nanoscale energy transport and its application to sustainable energy technologies.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750317368

Ebook ISBN: 9780750317382

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1738-2

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


This book is dedicated to energy transport at nanoscale—more precisely to the recent theoretical developments in the field and emerging applications—and is written by experts in the field. The subject of the book is timely, since energy transport in quantum systems has lately become a global issue.

The book consists of two parts. The first one is dedicated to the theoretical basis and state-of-the-art computational methods. Phonon transport at the nanoscale is studied in different contexts and using different approaches. The second part is focused on experimental techniques of measuring various thermal parameters at atomic scale using methods such as MOKE, photoemission electron microscopy or inelastic neutron scattering, and involving suspended micro-devices. Also included in the second part of the book are applications of nanoscale energy transport in condensation heat transfer, thermoelectricity, thermophotovoltaics or thermionic energy conversion.

The book is beautifully illustrated and clearly written and could be read by anyone working in the area of nanotechnology.

Daniela Dragoman 2020 Optics & Photonics News The Optical Society (USA)

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