Organisation profile

Introduction / mission

The micro thermo fluidics group investigates heat and mass transport in micro-channels and porous materials for various applications ranging from electronics cooling to heat storage. Understanding small-scale effects, including molecular interactions, is crucial for these systems as they significantly impact overall system behavior.

We aim to address challenges in high-tech systems and promote sustainability by enhancing energy management and developing innovative cooling strategies.

Within this group, the research focuses on two main pillars:

  1. Thermal control for high-tech systems, focusing on the development of advanced cooling techniques, such as evaporative cooling for micro-electronics and considering molecular flows in low-pressure environments machines.
  2. Healthy and sustainable energy systems, focusing on dynamic modeling of human thermal comfort and optimizing seasonal heat storage using molecular-level insights and stochastic techniques.

For all research areas, we follow a multi-scale approach that starts at the molecular level and scales up through stochastic methods to derive accurate continuum models, enabling optimization and understanding of complex thermal phenomena.

Some research examples:

More information: Arjan Frijns

Highlighted phrase

“to tackle the greatest challenges, grasp the tiniest details”


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • fluid dynamics
  • heat transfer
  • heat storage
  • QC Physics
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • DSMC
  • multi-scale
  • non-equilibrium and rarefied systems
  • QP Physiology
  • thermophysiology
  • thermal comfort
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • micro systems
  • evaporative cooling

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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