Professor Pitsch's main research interests are in computational energy sciences. This includes combustion theory, modeling of turbulent reacting flows with large-eddy simulations, theoretic and experimental research in fuel cells, development and analysis of chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms, modeling of pollutant formation, development of numerical methods, investigation and modeling of combustion instabilities, and model applications to modern aircraft engine combustion, reciprocating engine combustion, and chemical
Professor Prinz work on the design and prototyping of micro and nanoscale devices for energy and
biology applications. Examples include fuel cells and bioreactors. His group studies transport phenomena across thin oxide layers and lipid bi-layers with the help of Atomic Force Microscopy combined with Impedance Spectroscopy.
Professor Goodson's group studies thermal transport phenomena with very small length and
time scales, in particular those relevant for the design of transistors, semiconductor lasers, and MEMS. A number of his students are working on
two-phase microchannel and micro-jet impingement cooling technology for
semiconductor chips. His group also studies the applications of MEMS technology for biomedical diagnostics, thermal machining, and infrared
Professor Santiago's group specializes in micro-scale fluid mechanics, micro-scale optical flow diagnostics, and microfluidic system design. The group's research includes the investigation of transport phenomena and optimization of systems involving microscale fluid pumping, electrophoretic injections and separations, sample concentration methods, and rapid micromixing processes.
The applications of microfluidics are among the greatest engineering challenges of the century and include drug discovery efforts, typing of single nucleotide polymorphisms for genetically-based drug prescription, fundamental genetics research, and proteomics. The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry, and biology; and aims to develop lab-on-a-chip systems.