Nanoscale Transport Phenomena Laboratory

The Nanoscale Transport Phenomena Laboratory seeks to understand the transport of mass, momentum, and energy at the atomic level by studying the behavior of phonons, photons, electrons, and fluid particles. Our research is based in mechanical engineering and incorporates knowledge from physics, materials science, and chemistry. We develop and apply molecular- and meso-scale simulation techniques, and collaborate closely with experimental research groups.

Faculty

Alan McGaughey

Alan McGaughey

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Materials Science and Engineering

Alan McGaughey leads the Nanoscale Transport Phenomena Laboratory. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University (1998), a Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto (2000), and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2004). He came to Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He won the Teare Teaching Award in 2014 and and has been voted Professor of the Year by the MechE seniors three times (2012, 2015, 2017).

Office
Scaife Hall 414
Phone
412-268-9605
Fax
412-268-3348
Email
mcgaughey@cmu.edu
Google Scholar
Alan McGaughey
Curriculum Vitae
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Research

 

 

 

Research team

Henry Aller

Henry Aller

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Jon Malen
Research interests
Analyzing the effect of interface reactions on metal/semiconductor thermal interface conductance; two-temperature model molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the effect of electron-phonon coupling on phonon populations near metal/semiconductor interfaces; analyzing the effect of surface treatment on oxide-oxide thermal interface conductance.
Email
haller@andrew.cmu.edu
Hyun-Young Kim

Hyun-Young Kim

Doctorate

Research interests
Calculating phonon and thermal properties using lattice dynamics techniques; observing the effects of dimensionality changes on phonon properties
Email
hyunyouk@andrew.cmu.edu
Jie Gong

Jie Gong

Doctorate

Research interests
Dielectric properties of the electrocaloric materials; molecular dynamics simulations of the vacancy facilitated stabilization of ZrO2
Email
jgong2@andrew.cmu.edu
Holden Parks

Holden Parks

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Venkat Viswanathan
Research interests
Density functional theory, uncertainty quantification, and van der Waals heterostructures
Email
hparks@andrew.cmu.edu
Xiaoman Wang

Xiaoman Wang

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Jon Malen
Research interests
Micro/nanoscale heat and mass transfer; simulations for fluid during phase change
Email
xiaomanw@andrew.cmu.edu
Shuyan Zhang

Shuyan Zhang

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Reeja Jayan
Research interests
Molecular dynamics simulation with transition metal oxide, field effect in microwave assisted thin-film synthesis, electromagnetic finite element analysis
Email
szhang2@andrew.cmu.edu

Courses

Current courses

Course Course Name Location Units Semester Offered
24-623 Molecular Simulation of Materials Pittsburgh 12 Intermittent, Spring
24-231 Fluid Mechanics Pittsburgh 10 Spring

Publications

For a list of Alan McGaughey’s publications, please visit his Google Scholar profile

Former group members

Post-doctoral fellows

Hasan Babaei (2015-2018), co-advised with Chris Wilmer (University of Pittsburgh)
Haibin Chen (2009-2011)
Lin Hu (2011-2012)

Ph.D. students

Eric Landry (2009)
Joe Turney (2009), co-advised with Cristina Amon
John Thomas (2010)
Minyoung Lee (2011)
Jason Larkin (2013)
Wee Liat Ong (2014), co-advised with Jonathan Malen
Ankit Jain (2015)
Shubhaditya Majumdar (2016), co-advised with Jonathan Malen
Simon Lu (2016)
Ying-Ju Yu (2016)
Francisco Ramirez (2017)
Kevin Parrish (2017), co-advised with Jon Malen

Master’s students

Alex Massicotte (2013)
Matthew McIntosh (2015)
Caroline Gorham (2015)
Paarth Thapar (2016)
Sushant Kumar (2017)
Matt Bartnof (2019), co-advised with Jon Malen
Jinchen Han (2020)
Yang Li (2020)

Visitors

Ryan Iutzi, University of Waterloo co-op student, 2009
Dan Sellan, University of Toronto Ph.D. student, 2009
Yusuke Masao, Kyoto University Ph.D. student, 2012
Sam Huberman, University of Toronto M.A.Sc. student, 2012
Kimmo Saaskilahti, Aalto University Ph.D. student, 2015
Cheng Shao, Shanghai Jiaotong University Ph.D. student, 2016-2017
I-Ling Chang, National Cheng Kung University Professor, 2017
Bo Fu, Xi'an Jiaotong University Ph.D. student, 2018-2019
Qi Liang, Xi'an Jiaotong University Ph.D. student, 2019.

Undergraduate researchers

Sarat Mikkilineni, 2006
Madhur Paharia, 2006-2007
Taka Matsuura, 2007
Ottoleo Kuter-Arneback, 2008-2009
Chris Fleck (U. Pittsburgh), 2008-2009
Nicholas Roche, 2008-2009
Michael Barako, 2009-2010
Gary Lee, 2007, 2009-2010
Shaun Swanson, 2009-2010
Gabbi Coloyan, 2010-2012
Alex Kowalski, 2012
Josh Fuhrman, 2014-2015 
Justin Abel, 2015-2016
Lane Darby, 2019
Rohan Mehta, 2020
Jiong Chen, 2020