Gideon Gouws

Senior Lecturer School of Engineering and Computer Science

Teaching in 2017

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Research Interests

My research interest is in the development of materials and structures for sensing, actuation and energy transfer applications. This work currently focusses on two areas:

1. The deposition of ZnO thin films and structures. This semiconductor material has a range of interesting properties which makes it a candidate for diverse applications such as UV detectors, ultrasound transducers and vibration energy harvesters.

2. The fabrication of microstructured surface layers for enhancement of phase change heat transfer. These surface layers have the ability to dramatically enhance heat transfer during processes such as boiling, evaporation and condensation and thus produce more efficient energy systems. Fabrication and device integration of these surfaces are being investigated for use in two phase cooling systems for electronics or thermal energy harvesters.

In the past I have also been involved in the development of various sensor and instrumentation systems such as geophysical and chemical sensor systems.

Publications

For a list of my recent publications, please see the Publications Database.