Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Thermal and Transport Sciences

Research in this area encompasses energy generation and harvesting, environmental impacts, and heat transfer. The topic of combustion addresses the chemical mechanisms governing combustion in diverse settings. Fuel-cell research encompasses the development of fuel-cell technology, hybrid engines and thermionic devices. Activities cover the thermodynamics of energy systems, the controls associated with advanced energy systems and systems analyses. Thermal solutions for emerging areas of nanotechnology are being developed where heat conduction is critical to performance. Areas of specific interest include:

  • Combustion and Emissions
  • Fuel Cell Technologies
  • Advanced Energy Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Heat Transfer
  • Atomization and Sprays
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Nanomaterials


Participating Faculty
 

Jacob Brouwer, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Fuel cells, energy systems dynamics, electrochemical systems design and analysis, chemical kinetics, reacting flows.
Email: jbrouwer@uci.edu

Donald Dabdub

Donald Dabdub, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Mathematical modeling of urban and global air pollution, dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosols, impact of energy generation on air quality, chemical reactions at gas-liquid interfaces.
Email: ddabdub@uci.edu
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Derek Dunn-Rankin

Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences
Research Interests: Combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aerodynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy.
Email: ddunnran@uci.edu
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Jaeho Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Heat transfer, thermal management, thermoelectrics, phononics, and nanomaterials.
Email: jaeholee@uci.edu
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Vince McDonell

Vince McDonell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion, alternative fuels, gas turbines, sprays, diagnostics, combined heat and power, emissions, autoignition/flashback
Email: vgmcdone@uci.edu
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Bihter Padak

Bihter Padak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests:
Email: bpadak@uci.edu

William Sirignano

William Sirignano, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion theory, multiphase flows, turbulent reacting flows, computational methods. Rocket and jet propulsion, gas turbine and internal combustion engines.
Email: sirignan@uci.edu
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Yun Wang

Yun Wang, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Fuel cells, computational modeling, thermo-fluidics, two-phase flows, electrochemistry, CFD, turbulent combustion.
Email: yunw@uci.edu
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Yoonjin Won

Yoonjin Won, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Multi-scale structures for thermal and energy applications, in particular fabrication, characterization, and integration of structured materials.
Email: won@uci.edu
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