About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The focus of my research is both fundamental (energy conversion, heat and mass transport, and light-matter interactions) and applied (devices and systems for dispatchable solar power generation and building energy-efficiency). I am interested in understanding and engineering the role of micro/nanoscale materials and thermal transport phenomena in macroscale energy systems. My current research focuses on efficient solar thermal power generation using nanostructured and nanophotonic materials.

Advisor: Evelyn N. Wang

Research group: Device Research Lab

Collaborators: Solid State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion (S3TEC) center, including: the Photonics and Modern Electro-Magnetics Group (Prof. Marin Soljacic), the Micro & Nano Systems Laboratory (Prof. Sang-Gook Kim) and the Nanoengineering Group (Prof. Gang Chen).

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