Jonathan Malen is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. His research interests pertain to creating nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrid materials. These materials aim to combine the manufacturability of plastics with the transport properties of semiconductors. Over the last twenty years, researchers focused on electronic applications (e.g. organic electronics), but the field is now expanding to address the challenges of energy demand and climate change. Nanostructured hybrids are promising replacements for bulk semiconductor photovoltaic and thermoelectric materials because they have controllable feature sizes at length scales characteristic of transport processes. The use of organic-inorganic nanostructured materials can also unlock new opportunities in mature energy fields, such as thermal energy storage and heat transfer enhancement.
Malen’s expertise in heat transfer, nanoscale transport, and organic-inorganic self-assembly is uniquely situated to develop nanostructured hybrid materials that push the limits of energy conversion, storage, and efficiency. His projects leverage ultrafast laser techniques and micro/nanofabrication to explore new materials and reveal new thermal transport properties of existing materials.
Measuring Thermal Transport Using Lasers
2009 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
2003 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
2000 BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
College of Engineering names 2019 faculty award winners
The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the 2019 faculty awards. They include: Alan McGaughey, Paulina Jaramillo, Jana Kainerstorfer, Reeja Jayan, Carmel Majidi, Jonathan Malen, and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula.
Malen to develop thermoelectric semiconductor
MechE’s Jonathan Malen has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a thermoelectric semiconductor.
Waste not, watt not
With a National Science Foundation award, Jonathan Malen is collaborating to develop a thermoelectric semiconductor to convert waste heat into energy.
Malen selected to attend National Academy of Engineering’s 23rd annual U.S. Frontier of Engineering symposium
MechE’s Jonathan Malen was one of 82 young engineers selected to partake in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Thubber can take the heat
Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of MechE have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.
Tribology & Lubrication Technology
Thubber featured in Tribology & Lubrication Technology
Thubber, a thermally conductive rubber material developed by MechE’s Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen, was featured in the “Tech Beat” section of Tribology & Lubrication Technology.
Dailymail features “thubber”
MechE’s Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen have developed a material that could allow you to fold your iPad so that it fits inside your wallet. The duo’s creation, nicknamed “thubber,” can conduct heat while retaining its elasticity, much like biological tissue.
Majidi and Malen develop Thubber
MechE’s Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen have recently made a breakthrough in the field of soft robotics with the development of a thermally conductive, stretchable rubber called “Thubber.” Able to stretch to over six times its length while still remaining conductive, Thubber strikes an unprecedented balance between thermal and mechanical properties in soft dielectric materials and opens the door to high-power, flexible devices.
"Thubber," a thermally conductive rubber material, is a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.
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