Special Issue "Thermal Switches and Control of Heat Transfer in MEMS"


A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert F. Richards
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, PO Box 642920, Pullman, WA 99164-2920, USA
Website: http://www.mme.wsu.edu/people/faculty/faculty.html?richardsR
E-Mail: richards@mme.wsu.edu
Phone: +1 509 335 8157
Fax: +1 509 335 4662
Interests: MEMS; actuators; sensors; energy conversion; micropower; heat and mass transfer

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Cecilia D. Richards
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University PO BOX 642920, Pullman, WA 99164-2920, USA
Website: http://www.mme.wsu.edu/people/faculty/faculty.html?richardsC
E-Mail: cill@mme.wsu.edu
Interests: MEMS power; Advanced energy systems; Two-phase flows; thermal processes in MEMS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The control of heat transfer rates in microdevices is a crucial issue, driven by numerous important applications in micropower, microcooling and lab-on-a-chip. Applications include stable temperature control of frequency standards such as a chip-scale atomic clocks, rapid cycling between different temperatures as in DNA amplification via Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), or controlling intermittent heat transfer to boost the efficiency of thermoelectric microcoolers working in pulsed operation. MEMS-based thermal switches offer a promising approach to meet these needs. In view of recent advances in this rapidly developing new field, it seems beneficial to publish a volume in Micromachines dedicated to thermal switching and MEMS thermal control. Accordingly, we hereby announce a special issue addressing advances in design, modeling, fabrication, characterization and novel applications of micromachined thermal switches. We invite submission of papers on devices for control of heat transfer on small time and length scales, including principles of microscale thermal control, and new architectures for thermal switching. Related novel systems concepts, new applications for thermal switching, and methods of device measurement/characterization are of interest.

We look forward to receiving your valuable contributions!

Dr. Robert F. Richards
Dr. Cecilia D. Richards
Guest Editors


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  • thermal switch
  • thermal valve
  • temperature control
  • temperature cycling
  • pulsed heat addition/rejection
  • pulsed thermoelectric
  • magnetic refrigeration
  • micro heat engine
  • spacecraft thermal control
  • thermal isolation
  • thermal contact
  • MEMS
  • micromachining
  • thermal actuation

Published Papers (4 papers)

by ,  and
Micromachines 2012, 3(3), 542-549; doi:10.3390/mi3030542
Received: 10 May 2012; in revised form: 19 June 2012 / Accepted: 3 July 2012 / Published: 6 July 2012
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by , ,  and
Micromachines 2012, 3(2), 331-344; doi:10.3390/mi3020331
Received: 16 March 2012; in revised form: 31 March 2012 / Accepted: 18 April 2012 / Published: 26 April 2012
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by ,  and
Micromachines 2012, 3(2), 255-269; doi:10.3390/mi3020255
Received: 14 February 2012; in revised form: 14 March 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 28 March 2012
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by ,  and
Micromachines 2012, 3(1), 10-20; doi:10.3390/mi3010010
Received: 5 December 2011; in revised form: 22 December 2011 / Accepted: 22 December 2011 / Published: 6 January 2012
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Last update: 8 September 2011

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