N. Zhong (Nan)
I was born in Chongqing, one of the four direct-controlled municipalities in China. In 2006, I started to study Materials Science and Engineering in Tsinghua University. I received my Bachelor degree in 2010 working on the “Sintering and Properties of Silicon Nitride Ceramic with LaF3/MgO Additives”. In 2010, I joined a dual Master degree program from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) and Tsinghua University (China). I majored in Organic and Polymeric Materials in Tokyo Institute of Technology and Materials Science and Engineering in Tsinghua University. I received my first Master degree working on the “Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity Measurement of Silicon Nitride Particle Filled Silicone Rubber” and my second Master degree with a study on the “Fabrication of Spherical Silicon Nitride Filler and Thermal-Conductive Silicone Rubber’. In August 2013, I joined the Novel Aerospace Materials group to work on an IOP-SHM funded PhD project under the supervision of Prof. S. van der Zwaag.
Self-healing Thermal Interface Materials
Thermal interface materials (TIMs) are widely used to strengthen the heat dissipation of electronic devices. Failure and aging of TIMs always leads to a premature device failure. The goal of this project is to develop new type of TIMs of which the mechanical integrity as well as thermal conductivity are autonomously restored during operation. We will combine a thermally triggered self-healing polymeric matrix presenting the possibility to recover cohesive and adhesive failures with functionalized fillers to form a composite material. The effect of the functionalization of fillers on the improvement of the self-healing response and the recovery of material’s intrinsic property is to be investigated.