Dr. Yang's research is focused on understanding how the transport of electrons, phonons, photon and molecules (gas or fluid) at the micro/nano-scale differs from that in macro-structures, and the applications of micro/nanotechnologies for scalable energy and water systems. On modeling front, his current work focuses on multiscale and multi-physics modeling which effectively integrates quantum-mechanics modeling and Monte Carlo simulations with mesoscale and macroscale tools. These tools are used to study thermoelectric, electro-thermal, and phase-change phenomena of novel structured materials and devices. On experimentation, he has constructed a femtosecond two-color pump-probe system for the measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal interface resistance of thin films and bulk materials. His group develops many low-cost manufacturing technologies for fabricating micro & nano-structures for energy conversion and storage, thermal management, and water desalination applications.
Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Transport, Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Energy Conversion, Energy Storage, Thermal Management for Electronics and Optoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS and Micro-/Nano- Fabrication, Thermoelectrics, Lithium Ion Batteries, Thermal Radiation, Radiative Cooling, Greenhouse, Energy-Water-Food Nexus, Materials Reliability, Machine Learning, Water Desalination
MCEN 3022 - Heat Transfer
Studies fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Emphasizes problem formulation and selection of appropriate solution techniques. Provides applications to modern engineering systems, which may include energy, biological, environmental, and materials engineering problems.
MCEN 5042 - Heat Transfer
Studies development of equations governing transport of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation, and their solution. Includes analytical and numerical solution of initial and boundary value problems representative of heat conduction in solids. Describes heat transfer in free and forced convection, including laminar and turbulent flow. Also involves radiation properties of solids, liquids, and gases and transport of heat by radiation.