Jonathan Malen seeks fundamental understanding of thermal transport processes from atomistic to macroscopic scales in advanced materials and technologies. The Malen Laboratory leverages ultrafast laser techniques, micro/nanofabrication, and thermal imaging approaches to measure thermal properties and processes. Recent projects are related to thermal management in high powered electronics (e.g. GaN and Ga2O3), thermal imaging in advanced manufacturing processes, evaporative cooling in nanoscale menisci, and phonon transport in organic-inorganic materials (e.g. superatomic crystals, organic perovskites, liquid metal composites).
Malen is a recipient of the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award (2019) and the David P. Casasent Outstanding Research Award (2016) at Carnegie Mellon, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenhow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2014), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Resarch Young Investigator Award (2010). He came to Carnegie Mellon in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley (2005-2009), his MS in nuclear engineering from MIT (2002-2003), and his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan (1996-2000).
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
Move over metals, plastics can be thermally conductive too
An interdisciplinary team led by Jon Malen has received funding from the Department of Defense to discover switchable high thermal conductivity polymers.
Additive manufacturing in focus
Researchers introduce an experimental method to measure melt pool temperature using a single commercial color camera during additive manufacturing.
Releasing the heat
Researchers develop a universal model to predict the thermal boundary conductance of a multilayered-metal-dielectric interface. This model will help to streamline the development of thermally efficient devices.
College of Engineering announces Catalyst 2020 winners
The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the College will fund three Catalyst proposals as winners of the Catalyst 2020 competition.
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.
College of Engineering’s 2017 game changers
From engineering new materials to constructing smart systems, researchers in the College of Engineering are innovating for the future. Read some of our highlights from 2017.
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.