Skip to main content Skip to navigation
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Robert F. Richards

Robert Richards


EME 149

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1990
  • M.S. in Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1987
  • B.A. in Physics, The University of Chicago, 1980

Professional Preparation

  • NIST/ASEE Postdoctoral Fellow, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 1990 – 1992

Research Interests

  • Heat Transfer across Nanoparticles
  • Thermal Switching
  • Very Low Cost Thermal and Fluid Experiments for Education
  • TrashWall: Very Low Cost Energy Retrofits via Recycled Materials

Research Areas

Thermo-fluid Sciences

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • M. Elsahati, K. Clarke, R. Richards, Thermal conductivity of copper and silica nanoparticle packed beds, Intl. Comm. Heat Mass Trans., Vol 71, 96-100, DOI 10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2015.12.034, 2016.
  • A. Alsiadi, I. Arzaga, J. Bowe, J. Bolin, H. Englehardt, F. Felix, D. Lopez-Nava, E. Mena-Salgado, N. Rajakumar, L. Summers, T. Miyasaka, R.Richards, The TrashWall Project, USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington D.C., April 15-17, 2016.
  • Robert Richards, Shamus Fanhe Meng, Bernard van Wie, Franco Spadoni, Angelo Ivory, “MAKER: Very Low-cost Experiments via 3-D Printing and Vacuum Forming,” ASEE2015, Seattle, WA, June. 14-17, 2015.
  • Shamus Fanhe Meng, Franco Spadoni, Angelo Ivory, Robert Richards, “Very Low Cost Thermofluid Experiments via Vacuum Formed Plastic Hardware for Active Learning in the Classroom, iCEER2014, Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 23-26, 2014.
  • R.F. Richards, “Low-Cost, Hands-On Thermal and Fluid Experiments,” Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, Irvine, CA, Oct. 27-30, 2013.
  • H. Lee, C.D. Richards, R.F. Richards, “Experimental and Numerical Study of Microchannel Heater/Evaporators for Thermal Phase-Change Actuators”, Sensors and Actuators A, DOI 10.1016/j.sna.2013.02.004, 2013.
  • A. Hamdan, F. Sahli, R Richards and C Richards, “Characterization of a dielectric microdroplet thermal interface material with dispersed nanoparticles”, J. Nanoparticle Res., Vol. 14, no 9, DOI 10.1007/s11051-012-111-1, 2012.
  • L. W. Weiss, C.D. Richards, R.F. Richards, “Power output and force generation by a MEMS phase change actuator”, JMEMS, vol. 20, no. 6. Dec., 2011.
  • A Hamdan, R Richards and C Richards, “Characterization of a liquid-metal microdroplets thermal interface material”, Experimental and Thermal Fluid Science, DOI: 0.1016/j.expthermflusci.2011.04.012, 2011.
  • A.R. McLanahan, C. Richards, R. Richards, “A dielectric liquid contact thermal switch with electrowetting actuation”, J. Micromechanics and Microengineering, 21, 104009, 2011.