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Baratunde A. Cola

Assistant Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering

Baratunde Cola

Dr. Cola’s work is both fundamental and applied, and has been featured in several news sources including IEEE Spectrum, Science Daily,, C&E News, and the Baltimore Times. He is currently focused on understanding and designing thermal transport and energy conversion in nanostructures and devices – particularly those based on carbon nanotubes or conjugated polymers. His group develops tools to characterize thermal transport across several orders of scale for this purpose. His research interests also include scalable fabrication of organic and organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures for novel technological use. These technologies include thermal interface materials, thermo-electrochemical cells, solar rectenna, and materials that can be tuned to regulate the flow of heat. Support for his work has included funding from NSF, DARPA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and Georgia Research Alliance. Dr. Cola founded Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc. in 2012 to commercialize thermal materials solutions. Dr. Cola teaches Heat Transfer, Nanoengineered Energy Technologies (developed by Dr. Cola), and Senior Capstone Design. He has also developed award-winning programs to engage young students and the public in nanotechnology and energy research, and has presented over 75 technical talks and 10 talks to the general public.

Extra Links

Dr. Bara Cola talks about the history of carbon nanotubes, their uses,
and the special place they hold in our hearts on the Nanovation podcast


Georgia Tech Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Bara Cola, shares
how his childhood dreams of playing
professional football turned into an
exciting research career and important nanoengineering innovations. 


Research Areas of Interest:

  • Thermo-electrochemical cells
  • Infrared and optical rectenna
  • Thermal materials for electronics packaging
  • Direct solar and thermal energy conversion
  • Micro and Nano Engineering


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2013, ARO Young Investigator Award
  • 2013, National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant
  • 2013, AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science
  • 2012, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2011, NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011, ASME IPACK 2011 Thermal Management Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2009, DARPA Young Investigator Award
  • Faculty, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Principal Investigator, NanoEngineered Systems and Transport Lab

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Purdue University, 2008
Vanderbilt University, 2004
Vanderbilt University, 2002