Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes

A man wearing white latex gloves posing both hands on a glass chamber containing a mechanical device.

Professor Gang Chen with the vacuum chamber used in his heat transfer research. (Courtesy of Gang Chen.)


MIT Course Number

2.57 / 2.570

As Taught In

Spring 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

Parallel treatments of photons, electrons, phonons, and molecules as energy carriers, aiming at fundamental understanding and descriptive tools for energy and heat transport processes from nanoscale continuously to macroscale. Topics include the energy levels, the statistical behavior and internal energy, energy transport in the forms of waves and particles, scattering and heat generation processes, Boltzmann equation and derivation of classical laws, deviation from classical laws at nanoscale and their appropriate descriptions, with applications in nano- and microtechnology.

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Chen, Gang. 2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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