Amgen Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering – Dr. Anju Gupta @ Cherry Auditorium, Kirk Hall
Oct 24 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Graphene and Copper Coatings for Phase Change Heat Transfer


Dr. Anju Gupta
Chemical Engineering Department, Rochester Institute of Technology


Phase change heat transfer is crucial to various engineering applications. Some prominent examples include distillation reboiler, nuclear reactor, high-powered electronic systems, and  refrigeration. Boiling is a heat transfer process accompanied by phase change from liquid to vapor, subsequently, pool boiling involves the boiling of a stagnant liquid over a heated surface. This talk aims to examine the physical mechanisms of boiling heat transfer that are of prime importance to quantify the efficacy of the process. For various manifestations, the pool boiling performance of a surface is dictated by higher critical heat fluxes and heat transfer coefficients. This talk examines various strategies to create multiscale surface-active engineered surfaces with tunable properties essentially roughness, porosity, hydrophilicity, wickability and wicking rates and their influence on the heat transfer properties. First, several surface engineering methods and the resultant physical properties that can effectively modify the vapor bubble dynamics will be discussed using multiscale graphene coatings as an example. The second part of the talk will focus on electrodeposited graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) enriched copper composite coatings formed systematically by increasing the GNP concentration to yield hierarchal porous structures. These superhydrophilic with very high wicking rates resulted in high critical heat flux (CHF) and heat transfer coefficient (HTC). The copper/2 wt% GNP (weight/volume) composites exceeded the highest pool boiling performance reported in literature with a CHF of 286 W/cm² and HTC of 204 kW/m²-°C, representing an improvement of 130% in CHF and 290% in HTC over a polished copper surface. High thermal conductivity along with improved hydrophilicity and wickability of the copper/GNP coatings are attributed for the enhanced CHF. High-speed images revealed reduced bubble departure diameters and micro-size pores on the electrodeposited surface serving as nucleation sites. The increase in the bubble frequency and delayed formation of vapor blanket resulted in enhanced heat transfer properties.

Bio: Anju Gupta graduated from University of Rhode Island with her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Geoff Bothun’s laboratory in May 2012. Her Intefacial Thermal and Transport lab studies phase change heat transfer on novel substrates, and transport mechanisms across the cell membrane. Dr Gupta has received funding from NSF, ACS PRF and Ward Ford Foundation and hold two patents. Dr. Gupta is an active member of AIChE , ACS, North American Thermal Analysis Society and ASEE and has published her work in a variety of scientific and education journals.

This series at the University of Rhode Island is made possible through the generosity of Amgen, West Greenwich, R.I.

Refreshments provided by the Joseph Estrin Endowment

NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Kick-Off Workshop @ URI Kingston Campus
Jan 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Kick-Off Workshop @ URI Kingston Campus

Kick-Off Workshop


    • On January 15, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, attend a kick-off workshop
    • Each team presents their idea
    • Then you learn how to:
      • Identify top customer segments
      • Develop hypotheses about the value proposition offered to each segment
      • Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs

NE I-Corps is partnering with URI Ventures and Venture Mentoring Service of RI to offer NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island. This program is part of the National Science Foundation initiative to help move innovations to market. It is a free, 3-week interactive program to help researchers and engineers learn the skills necessary to engage in informed product development and explore the potential applications of their new technologies.

The program kicks-off on January 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the URI campus in Kingston with a final presentation on February 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Applications are due January 7 , 2020.

NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island is open to any individuals and/or teams who are working on new, innovative and differentiating technology that could be a candidate for future SBIR proposals. Whether you have an idea or have started a business, this program will help you explore the potential applications of your new technology. –

You must apply before the January 7, 2020 deadline!

NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Lessons Learned Workshop @ URI Kingston Campus
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Lessons Learned Workshop @ URI Kingston Campus

Lessons Learned Workshop


    • On February 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, attend the Lessons Learned Workshop
    • Each team presents their findings
    • Receive additional coaching
    • And determine next steps to advance your idea