Chris Dames

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

6107 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

(510) 643-2582



Biography and CV

Chris Dames received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. His B.S. and M.S. are from UC Berkeley (1998, 2001). He was a faculty member at UC Riverside from 2006-2011 before joining UC Berkeley in 2011, and he has also worked as a research engineer for Solo Energy Corp. (1998-1999). His research interests emphasize fundamental studies of heat transfer and energy conversion at the nanoscale, using both theoretical and experimental methods. Some topics of current interest include graphene, nanocrystalline materials, mean free path distributions, thermoelectrics, biological systems, and highly anisotropic and nonlinear transport including thermal rectification. His research has been recognized with a DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009) and NSF CAREER award (2011).


Heat transfer and energy conversion at the micro and nano scale. Theoretical and experimental methods. Nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Thermal rectification. Graphene. Nonlinear, anisotropic, and asymmetric heat transfer.


For more information on Professor Dames' research, please visit the Nano/Energy Lab website.


For a list of Professor Dames' publications, please visit the Nano/Energy Lab website.


Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (ME 259)

Graduate Course

This course introduces advanced statistical thermodynamics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, and kinetic theory concepts used to analyze thermophysics of microscale systems and explores applications in which microscale transport plays an important role.


Heat Conduction (ME 251)

Graduate Course

Analytical and numerical methods for the determination of the conduction of heat in solids.


Advanced Heat Transfer (ME 151)

Undergraduate Course

Basic principles of heat transfer and their application. Subject areas include steady-state and transient system analyses for conduction, free and forced convection, boiling, condensation and thermal radiation.


Thermodynamics (ME 40)

Undergraduate Course

This course introduces the fundamentals of energy storage, thermophysical properties of liquids and gases, and the basic principles of thermodynamics which are then applied to various areas of engineering related to energy conversion and air conditioning.


For a list of Professor Dames' students, please visit the Nano/Energy Lab website.