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).
[Curriculum Vitae: pdf]
- Harnessing the Full Potential of the Sun (John Freidah, MIT MechE - Jan 19, 2014)
- Scientific American: "New Hybrid Solar Device Exploits the Best of Both Worlds" (Geoffrey Giller - Jan 30, 2014)
- Materials360: "A Step Closer to Realizing a High Efficiency Solar Thermophotovoltaic Device" (Joseph Bennington-Castro, MRS - Jan 30, 2014)
- IEEE Spectrum: "Thermophotovoltaic Device Has Potential to Reach Huge Solar Efficiencies" (Dave Levitan - Jan 20, 2014)
- MIT NEWS: "How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light" (David L. Chandler, MIT News Office - Jan 19, 2014)
- MPC Spotlight: "Enhacing Solar Cells with Heat" (Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center - Nov 7, 2013)
- greentechsolar: "Solar Fridges and Low-Sulfur Jet Fuels: Live From MIT's Energy Prize" (Yoni Cohen - May 5, 2011)
- MIT Energy Initiative: "Introducing Andrej Lenert, Ormat-MIT Energy Fellow" (Deborah Halber - February 26, 2009)
- V. Rinnerbauer, A. Lenert, D.M. Bierman, Y.X. Yeng, W.R. Chan, R.D. Geil, J.J. Senkevich, J.D. Joannopoulos, E.N. Wang, M. Soljacic, I. Celanovic, Metallic Photonic Crystal Absorber-Emitter for Spectral Control in High-Temperature Solar-Thermophotovoltaics, Advanced Energy Materials, 2014.
- A. Lenert, D. M. Bierman, Y. Nam, W. R. Chan, I. Celanovic, M. Soljacic, E. N. Wang, A nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic device, Nature Nanotechnology, 9, p. 126-130, 2014.
Highlighted by Nature: 10.1038/505589d
News and Views by Prof. Shanhui Fan: 10.1038/nnano.2014.9
- Y. Nam, Y.X. Yeng, A. Lenert, P. Bermel, I. Celanovic, M. Soljacic, E.N. Wang, Solar thermophotovoltaic energy conversion systems with two-dimensional tantalum photonic crystal absorbers and emitters, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 122, p. 287-296, 2014.
- J. B. Chou, Y.X. Yeng, A. Lenert, V. Rinnerbauer, I. Celanovic, M. Soljacic, E. N. Wang, S.-G. Kim, Design of wide-angle selective absorbers/emitters with dielectric filled metallic photonic crystals for energy applications, Optics Express, 22(1), p. A144-A154, 2014.
- A. Lenert, Y. Nam, B.S. Yilbas, E.N. Wang, Focusing of Phase Change Microparticles for Local Heat Transfer Enhancement in Laminar Flows, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 56(1-2), p. 380-389, 2013.
- A. Lenert, E.N. Wang, Optimization of Nanofluid Volumetric Receivers for Solar Thermal Energy Conversion, Solar Energy, 86(1), p. 253-265, 2012.
- A. Lenert, Y. Nam, E.N. Wang, Heat Transfer Fluids, Annual Review of Heat Transfer: Solar Thermal Challenges. 15, p. 93-129, 2012
- A. Veeraragavan, A. Lenert, B.S. Yilbas, S. Al-Dini, E.N. Wang, Analytical Model for the Design of Volumetric Solar Flow Receivers, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55(4), p. 556-564, 2012.