Research at MPFHL is diverse. The impact of Micro-scale features on boiling heat transfer, development of non-linear models by application of chaos theoretic techniques for characterizing the underlying coupled hydrodynamic and thermal mechanisms in boiling, applying dip-pen nanolithography to deposit metallic salts with <100 nm resolution, sensing of explosives, spray cooling, micro-fluidics for genomic assays involving both fabrication using micro-fabrication techniques and using CFD codes for design optimization are some of the areas that we are currently working on. Analysis software like ANSYS and FLUENT are commonly used for design optimization. Modeling software like AutoCad, GAMBIT, Solidworks etc are used extensively for pre-processing.
A synopsis of research activities in our research group is provided below: