We make cool future fashion &
soft thermal materials and systems
Our aim is to couple materials development with novel thermofluidic system architecture for enhancing heat and mass transport processes in a variety of industrial applications.
Our current focus is on making soft thermal materials and systems with applications to thermal management of traditional and wearable electronics as well as multifunctional personal cooling garments.
- Rattlesnake drinking work featured as one of the journal’s 50 outstanding papers from last 5 yearsIn special virtual issue celebrating ACS Omega’s first five years
- Congrats to Praveen and Chad on their doctoral defenses
- Paper on breathable self-sealing hazmat suits published in IECRChad’s paper Breathable, Stimuli-Responsive, and Self-Sealing Chemical Barrier Material based on Selectively Superabsorbing Polymer is published in I&ECR
- Sun and wind shaded evaporative cooling vest work highlighted by ASU Now, KTAR radiostationOur paper on design of sun and wind shaded evaporative cooling vests was highlighted by ASU Now, Fiber2Fashion, AZBigMedia, KTAR radiostation
- Invited paper on liquid metal foam published in Soft Matter“Oxide-mediated mechanisms of gallium foam generation and stabilization during shear mixing in air” by Wilson Kong, Najam Shah and others ASU as well as collaborators from Michael Dickey’s group from NCSU published in Soft Matter
- Paper on sun and wind shaded evaporative cooling vests published in Applied Thermal Engineering“Rational design of sun and wind shaded evaporative cooling vests for enhanced personal cooling in hot and dry climates” by Konrad Rykaczewski published in Applied Thermal Engineering
- Rattlesnake rain harvesting work widely highlighted1/2020: Our rattlesnake rain harvesting work highlighted by American Chemical Society , Phys.org, Quirks & Quarks show on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio , EurekAlert, Inside Science (AIP) , Scitechdaily, KopalniaWiedzy.pl (in Polish), Fox News Tampa, and Science Daily
- Aastha Uppal published in ACS Applied Materials12/2019: Pressure-Activated Thermal Transport via Oxide Shell Rupture in Liquid Metal Capsule Beds by Aastha Uppal et al. published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
- Akshay Phadnis published in ACS Omega12/2019: The Role of Scale Wettability on Rain-Harvesting Behavior in a Desert-dwelling Rattlesnake by Akshay Phadnis et al. published in ACS Omega
- Wilson Kong published in Advanced Materials9/2019: Oxide-Mediated Formation of Chemically Stable Tungsten-Liquid Metal Mixtures for Enhanced Thermal Interface Materials by Wilson Kong et al. published in Advanced Materials
- 3TV/CBS 5 feature6/2019: 3TV/CBS 5 features our recent work on “cool fashion for hot planet”
- Saurabh defends MS thesis6/2019: Congrats to Saurabh on defending his MS thesis!
- Akshay Phadnis defends PhD thesis5/2019: Congrats to Dr. Akshay Phadnis on defending his PhD thesis!
- Cool Fashion for a Hot Planet4/2019: ASU Now features article on our recent work on “cool fashion for hot planet”
- Publication in Advanced Materials Technologies3/2019: Rational Design of Soft, Thermally Conductive Composite Liquid‐Cooled Tubes for Enhanced Personal, Robotics, and Wearable Electronics Cooling by Praveen Kotagama, Akshay Phadnis, Chad Manning, and Konrad Rykaczewski published in Advanced Materials Technologies
- Congrats to Dr. Matt Ralphs2/2019: Congrats to Dr. Matt Ralphs on defending his PhD thesis!
- Cool Future Fashion1/2019: invited editorial Cool Future Fashion: Personal Cooling as Part of Social Adaptation to Hotter Climate by Konrad Rykaczewski accepted for publication in Temperature
- Past NewsPast news from the Rykaczewski lab from 2013-2018.