It is difficult to exactly define when research in micro/nanoscale heat transfer was initiated in the heat transfer community worldwide. There was no single paper that really started the field and there wasn’t any single inspiring lecture such as the famous “There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” that Richard Feynman gave in 1959. The physics and chemistry community had been looking at some microscopic aspects of phase change and transport phenomena for several decades. In fact, a few publications in microscale heat transfer that appeared in this journal can be traced back to the 1960s. However, it is clear that by the end of the 1980s, there was an increasing interest within the heat transfer, as well as the engineering community at large, for studying heat and mass transfer at small length and time scales. This was partly driven by the tremendous success...

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