2-Dimensional Research Wins 3-Dimenstional Career Award

By Carla Calandra

Dr. Michael Pettes
Dr. Michael T. Pettes

Dr. Michael T. Pettes has been awarded a 2016 NSF CAREER award for his proposed research “CAREER: Understanding the Roles of Strain and Mass Disorder on Fundamental Thermal Transport Processes in Two-Dimensional Materials”. The 5-year project was awarded by the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Division of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG/CBET) and will provide a conceptual advance in knowledge concerning
the effect of mechanical stimulus and isotopic disorder on heat transfer in technologically-relevant 2D materials. The work relies heavily on the resources available in UConn’s Institute of Materials Science and the UConn-FEI Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis, and at its outcome will enable the development of new and widely applicable strain and isotopic engineering strategies to alter thermal transport processes in low-dimensional systems, in addition to solving critical questions needed for the design of flexible electronic technologies.

Dr. Michael T. Pettes earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 2001, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In 2013, he joined the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research involves the thermal transport physics at the micro- and nano-scale, and the engineering of materials at the nanoscale for energy conversion applications.