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The following table lists chapters in the course textbook that cover each session's lecture materials. These readings are supplemented by assigned papers in the weekly homework.

A list of recommended books to supplement the assigned readings is given after the table.   

Amazon logo Course Textbook: Chen, Gang. Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion: A Parallel Treatment of Electrons, Molecules, Phonons, and Photons. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780195159424.

lec # TOPICS readings
1 Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Transport Phenomena; Microscopic Pictures of Heat Carriers Chapter 1
2 Characteristic Time and Length, Simple Kinetic Theory, Characteristic Chapter 1
3 Schrödinger Equation Chapter 2
4 Quantum Wells, Harmonic Oscillators, Rigid Rotors, and Hydrogen Atoms Chapter 2
5 Rigid Rotors, Hydrogen Atom, Electronic Levels in One-dimensional Lattice Chain Chapter 3
6 Electronic Energy Levels in Crystals Chapter 3
7 Phonon Energy Levels in Crystals, Crystal Structures Chapter 3
8 Reciprocal Lattice, X-ray Chapter 3
9 Energy Spectrum in Nanostructures, Density of States, Statistical Distributions Chapters 3 and 4
10 Specific Heat of Molecules, Electrons, Phonons; Blackbody Radiation Chapter 4
11 Effects of Nanostructures on Energy Storage, Energy Transfer by Waves, Electron Waves Chapter 5
12 Electromagnetic Waves, Reflection of Waves at a Single Interface Chapter 5
13 Acoustic Waves, Interference and Tunneling Chapter 5
14 Laudauer Formalism Chapter 5
15 Midterm 1
16 Transport in Carbon Nanotubes (Guest Lecture by Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT.)
17 Transition to Particle Description, Louiville Equation Chapters 5 and 6
18 Boltzmann Equation, Relaxation Time Approximation Chapter 6
19 Fourier Law and Newton's Shear Stress Law Chapter 6
20 Ohm's Law and Thermoelectric Effect Chapter 6
21 Nanostructured Thermoelectrics (Guest Lecture by Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT.)
22 Take Home Exam 2
23 Thermoelectric Effect Chapter 6
24 Classical Size Effects, Parallel Direction Chapter 7
25 Classical Size Effects, Perpendicular Direction Chapter 7
26 Liquid, Brownian Motion, Forces and Potentials, Electrokinetics, Surface Tension Chapter 9

Recommended Books

Microscale Heat Transfer

Amazon logo Tien, C. L., A. Majumdar, and F. Gerner, eds. Microscale Energy Transport. Washington, D.C.: Taylor and Francis, 1997. ISBN: 9781560324591.

Quantum Mechanics

Amazon logo Griffiths, D. J. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1994. ISBN: 9780131244054.

Solid-State Physics

Amazon logo Kittel, C. Introduction to Solid State Physics. 7th ed. New York: Wiley, 1996. ISBN: 9780471111818.


Amazon logo Born, M., and E. Wolf. Principle of Optics. 7th ed. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 9780521642224.


Amazon logo Sze, S. M. Physics of Semiconductor Devices. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1981. ISBN: 9780471056614.

Thermal Physics

Amazon logo Kittel C., and H. Kroemer. Thermal Physics. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Freeman and Company, 1980. ISBN 9780716710882.

Kinetic Theory

Amazon logo Vincenti, W. G., and C. H. Kruger, Jr. Introduction to Physical Gas Dynamics. Melbourne, FL: Krieger, 1975. ISBN: 9780882753096.