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Oct 20 2015

Advanced Thermal Management Research

MIE Department Seminar

October 20, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


1043 ERF


Chicago, IL 60607

Advanced Thermal Management Research

Ryan Enright, PhD
Thermally Integrated Photonics Systems, Bell Labs Ireland

Abstract: In this talk, I will present an overview of my team’s current activities in the area of integrated thermal management for next generation optoelectronic systems crucial for enabling the continued growth in the bandwidth of the global communications network. The key thermal technology areas we are addressing in our program, thermally integrated photonics systems (TIPS), will be discussed with particular focus on technologies we are developing in collaboration with European partner organizations under the Horizons 2020 framework. The latter part of my talk will then shift focus to describing recent work we have been doing in the area of advanced material processing for the realization of high performance two-phase heat transfer devices and surfaces. In particular, I will detail work being done in patterning surfaces over large areas using block copolymers with the primary goal to realize nanoporous membranes with controlled nanopore geometries that can be integrated into high performance evaporators. I will also describe recent efforts to understand the process of solution- based copper surface oxidation, a scalable bottom-up surface structuring technique, with the goal of achieving control of oxide crystal size and roughness down to O(10 nm) length scales for applications involving condensation heat transfer.

Bio: Dr. Ryan Enright earned his B. Eng. (Hons) and PhD. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He was a Research Assistant at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey from 2005-2007 during his doctoral work. After receiving his PhD., he was a CTVR postdoctoral associate at the University of Limerick from 2008-2009 and a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2009-2012. He joined Bell Labs Ireland in 2012 where he is currently a senior member of technical staff, the technical lead for the Thermally Integrated Photonics Systems (TIPS) program and a Research-in-Residence at the AMBER@CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin, a research institute focused on the development and application of nanomaterials. Ryan conducts experimental and theoretical research in the area of micro/nanoscale heat and mass transfer and has a strong interest in applied surface science.


Constantine Megaridis

Date posted

Oct 14, 2021

Date updated

Oct 14, 2021