Assistant Professor of Mechanical,
Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D.; Mechanical Engineering; University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); 2000
B.S., Physics, Bucharest University, Romania, 1995
Upon graduating from Bucharest University,
Borca-Tasciuc spent several months as a research assistant for The
Institute of the Physics and Technology of Radiation Devices, also
located in Bucharest. He then joined Duke University's Department
of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science for over a year as
a graduate student research assistant before beginning work on his
doctorate at UCLA. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in spring 2001.
In 2004, Borca-Tasciuc received a Faculty Early Career Development Award(CAREER) from the National Science Foundation for research
“Towards Engineering Thermal Transport and Energy Conversion in Nanomaterials Based Devices.” He also received a
2004 Young Faculty Researcher Award from RPI.
Borca-Tasciuc has served as a referee for the
Journal of Heat Transfer, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems,
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Transactions on
Electron Devices, Nanotechnology, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Applied Physics Letters, International Journal
of Thermophysics, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Petroleum Research Fund, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Review
Panel for the Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT) Program,
and for NSF proposals and American Society of Mechanical Engineers
(ASME) conferences. He is a member of ASME, the Materials Research
Society, and Sigma Xi.
Borca-Tasciuc is the director of the Nanoscale
Thermophysics and Energy Conversion Laboratory (NanoTEC) on the
Rensselaer campus. His research concentrations include nanoscale/microscale
heat transfer and energy conversion, microelectromechanical systems
(MEMS), and nanotechnology. His studies in nanostructured thermoelectronics
involve characterizing thermoelectric properties of thin-film nanostructured
materials and individual nanowires, identifying high figure of merit
nanostructures, and developing fabrication and testing strategies
for low-dimensional thermoelectric energy conversion devices.
Borca-Tasciuc's research into thermal transport
in nanostructures includes performing experimental measurements
of thermophysical properties on both thin-film nanostructured materials
and individual nanostructures, improving the understanding of the
relation between structural and growth parameters and effective
thermal properties of nanostructures, and optimizing the heat transfer
in nanostructures by controlling the mechanisms responsible for
heat transport at the nanoscale level.
In his research into micro- and nanoelectromechanical
systems, Borca-Tasciuc is working on energy conversion, chemical
and biological detection, fast optical switching, flow control,
and inertial sensors, as well as test-structures for thermo-fluid
and thermoelectric characterization.
His current research is sponsored by the National
Science Foundation and Sandia National Laboratories.
A. Purkayastha, F. Lupo, S. Y. Kim, T. Borca-Tasciuc, G. Ramanath,
"Low-temperature templateless synthesis of single-crystal bismuth telluride nanorods", 2006 accepted in
Borca-Tasciuc, T., Vafae, S., Borca-Tasciuc, D.-A., Wei, B. Q, Vajtai, R., and Ajayan, P.,
"Anisotropic Thermal Diffusivity of aligned multiwall carbon nanotube arrays",
Journal of Applied Physics, 98, 054309, (2005).
Graham, S., Kelley, J. Yang, N., and Borca-Tasciuc, T.,
"The Role of Microstructure in the Electrical and Thermal Conductivity of Ni-Alloys for LIGA Microsystems",
Journal of Microsystems Technologies, 10, 510-516, (2004).
R.C. Picu, T. Borca-Tasciuc, and M.C. Pavel,
"Strain and Size Effects on Heat Transport in Nanostructures,"
Journal of Applied Physics, 93, 3535-3539, (2003).
T. Borca-Tasciuc, D.W. Song, J.R. Meyer, I. Vurgaftman,
M.-J. Yang, B.Z. Nosho, L.J. Whitman, H. Lee, R.U. Martinelli, G.W.
Turner, M.J. Manfra, and G. Chen, "Thermal Conductivity of
AlAs0.07Sb0.93 and Al0.9Ga0.1As0.07Sb0.93 Alloys and (AlAs)1/(AlSb)1
Digital Alloy Superlattices," Journal of Applied Physics,
92, 4994-4998, (2002).
T. Borca-Tasciuc, D. Achimov, W.L. Liu, G. Chen,
H.-W. Ren, C.-H. Lin, and S.S. Pei, "Thermal Conductivity of
InAs/AlSb Superlattices," Microscale Thermophysical Engineering,
5, 225-231, (2001).
T. Borca-Tasciuc, A.R. Kumar, G. Chen, "Data
Reduction in 3w Method for Thin-Film Thermal Conductivity Determination,"
Review of Scientific Instruments, 72, 2139-2147, (2001).
W.L. Liu, T. Borca-Tasciuc, G. Chen, J.L. Liu,
and K.L. Wang, "Anisotropic Thermal Conductivity of Ge-Quantum
Dot and Symmetrically Strained Si/Ge Superlattices," Journal
of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 1, 39-42, (2001).
J.L. Liu, A. Khitun, K.L. Wang, T. Borca-Tasciuc,
W.L. Liu, G. Chen, and D.P. Yu, "Growth of Ge-Quantum Dot Superlattices
for Thermoelectric Applications," Journal of Crystal Growth,
227-228, 1111-1115, (2001).
D.W. Song, W.L. Liu, T. Zeng, T. Borca-Tasciuc,
G. Chen, J.C. Caylor, and T.D. Sands, "Thermal Conductivity
of Skutterudite Thin Films and Superlattices," Applied Physics
Letters, 77, 1-4, (2000).
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
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