Renkun Chen

Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, followed by a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Materials Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Renkun Chen's current research is focused on thermal transport, which plays a very significant role in both energy production and consumption. He is interested in exploiting the fundamental heat transfer science and engineering at the micro and nano scale, and developing materials and devices for thermal energy conversion, storage and management.Dr. Chen’s prior work on nanoscale thermal energy transport and conversion has received wide acclaim. His current research is focused on thermal transport, which plays a very significant role in both energy production and consumption. He is interested in exploiting the fundamental heat transfer science and engineering at the micro and nano scale, and developing materials and devices for thermal energy conversion, storage and management. Chen will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on energy technologies and nanoscale heat transfer. He will also actively engage in outreach projects at UCSD to promote education on energy technologies.