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Edgar Meyhofer

Edgar Meyhofer

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Nanomechanics Laboratory
Mentoring Plan


1636 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 647-7856


Ph.D., Zoology (Biomechanics), University of Washington, 1991

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, bionanotechnology, cellular and molecular biomechanics

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering, Energy, Micro/Nano Engineering

Honors & Awards

  • Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
  • Fellow, "Micromechanical properties of motor proteins in vitro", American Heart Association, 1992 - 1995
  • Grants in Aid, Sigma Xi,, 1986
  • Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, 1982 - 1983

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Closing the gap: Converting heat to electricity at nanometer distances
Researchers at the University of Michigan have demonstrated an exceptionally efficient system for converting waste heat to electricity. 

Seven faculty members receives College of Engineering Awards 2020-21
Seven Mechanical Engineering Faculty have been awarded 2020-21 College of Engineering Awards! Congratulations to them for their outstanding achievements.

Breakthrough Calorimeter Tool Gives Closer Look at Cell Growth
Two graduate students develop a new calorimeter tool that increases the measurement sensitivity of metabolic heat output ten-fold.

First measurement of electron energy distributions
The new tool could enable the design of more efficient sustainable energy and chemistry technologies.

Exploring a Novel, Nanoscale Thermal Switch
ME Professors Edgar Meyhofer and Pramod Reddy have shown for the first time how a nanoscale thermal switch can be built by employing nanoscale effects that arise when heat is transferred between a hot and cold nanoscale-thick membrane via thermal radiation.

Toward molecular computers: First measurement of single-molecule heat transfer
If Moore's law's endgame is really computer components made from single molecules, we're going to need to know how to cool them.

U-M receives $6.25M to study heat-to-electricity conversion and cooling with LEDs
Michigan Engineering is leading four other universities in Department of Defense-funded research.

ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards of 2018 includes ME Postdoctoral Fellow
Work with radiative thermal transport at nanoscale level lands Dakotah Thompson a ProQuest Dissertation Award.

Meyhofer and Reddy labs report novel LED based refrigeration in Nature
LED enables a new approach to light-based cooling.

Heat transfer limit set by Max Planck's law can be overcome: Reddy and Meyhofer labs report in Nature
Mechanical engineers find another way to break Planck's law at the nanoscale.

Cui wins MRS Gold Medal
MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

ME selected as a Minus K Technology Educational Giveaway winner
As part of the giveaway, ME will receive a 150BM-8 negative stiffness vibration isolator workstation

Song receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Sun receives Honorable Mention
The purpose of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards is to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work

Sadat wins Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research
In addition to Seid Sadat, 11 other ME graduate students won CoE Graduate Symposium Awards