UCLA’s Aaswath Raman quoted in Scientific American on study of cooling mechanisms of butterfly wings

February 18, 2020

Aaswath Raman, assistant professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, was quoted in a Scientific American story about a study involving the cooling properties of butterfly wings.

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Raman — who was not involved in the study by researchers at Harvard University and Columbia University — said the research was “remarkable.”

“One thing that’s potentially attractive is that butterfly wings are extremely light, and the microstructures involved are extremely small and thin,” Raman said. “So one thought that comes from this [paper] is that it can inspire ways of efficiently getting rid of heat in very lightweight systems.’”

Raman and his colleagues have designed a device that can harness nighttime cooling to generate power.

Read the story in Scientific American.