Pawel Keblinski

Professor and Department Head, Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Keblinski received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995. Before he joined Rensselaer in 1999 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory and worked at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Germany as a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Professor Keblinski is an author or co-author of 129 papers on topics ranging from mesoscopic-level modeling of vapor deposition and phase separation to atomic-level structure and properties of interfaces in metals, covalent materials and ionic ceramics. Professor Keblinski’s work is focused on the relationship between microstructure and various materials properties, such as mechanical response, diffusion, interfacial migration and phase diagram, in particular, of nano-structured materials. A major goal of Professor Keblinski’s work is to design and analyze computational models in order to gain insights into the nature of the material behavior and properties. These insights are than used to formulate theoretical concepts, to understand experimental results and to guide future experiments. Other interests include connecting atomic-level modeling with electronic-level studies as well as with the macroscopic description of the material based on constitutive models.


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University Physics

M.S., Warsaw University, Poland Physics

Research Focus
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computational Modeling
  • Integrated Electronics
Contact Information
Select Works
  • "Bonding-induced thermal conductance enhancement at inorganic heterointerfaces using nanomolecular monolayers", P. J. O’Brien, S. Shenogin, J. Liu, M. Yamaguchi, P. Keblinski, and G. Ramanath, Nature Materials 3465 (2012)
  • "The viscosity calculation of nanoparticle suspension confined in nanochannels", Y. Wang and P. Keblinski and Z. Chen, Phys. Rev. E 86 article # 036313 (5pp) (2012)
  • "Heat Localization for Targeted Tumor Treatment with Nanoscale Near-Infrared Radiation Absorbers", B. Xie, R. Singh, F. M. Torti, P. Keblinski and S. Torti, Phys. Med. Biol. 57, 5765–5775 (2012)
  • "Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Determination of Thermal Conductivity for Multi-Component Systems", H. Babaei, P. Keblinski, and J. M. Khodadadi, J. Appl. Phys. 112, article # 054310 (4pp) (2012)
  • "Inter-tube Thermal Conductance in Carbon Nanotubes Arrays and Bundles: Effects of Contact Area and Pressure", W. J. Evans, M. Shen and P. Keblinski. App. Phys. Lett. 100, article # 261908 (4pp) (2012)
  • "Effect of interfacial interactions and nanoscale confinement on octane melting", Y. Wang and P. Keblinski, J. Appl. Phys. 111, article # 064321 (7pp) (2012)
  • "Modeling initial stage of phenolic pyrolysis: Graphitic precursor formation and interfacial effects" Tapan G. Desai, John W. Lawson, Pawel Keblinski, Polymer, Volume 52, Issue 2, 21 Pages 577-585, January 2011