Dr. Phelan's research interests are in the thermal sciences, including nanoscale transport processes; sustainable energy systems, particularly solar thermal energy and solar-powered cooling; and environmental heat transfer, especially urban heat islands and associated impacts on public health. He is the Associate Director of the National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations for Urban Climate + Energy; he also directs the Nanoscale Transport Processes & Sustainable Energy Laboratories. Dr. Phelan is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and the winner of an NSF Career Award.
PhD, University of California, 1990
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
BS, Tulane University, 1985
Golden, J. S., D. A. Hartz, A. J. Brazel, G. Luber and P. Phelan. 2008. A biometeorology study of climate and heat-related morbidity in Phoenix from 2001 to 2006. International Journal of Biometeorology 52(6):471-480. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-007-0142-3. (link)
Kaloush, K. E. and P. Phelan. 2006. Techniques to evaluate the role of materials in forming the UHI. Presented at the 24 April 2006 Cool Pavements Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe. (link)