LEMI: Laboratory for Energy and Microsystems Innovation

Students

Kameron Conforti

Kameron Conforti

Kameron received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 2013. His undergraduate thesis involved the synthesis and testing of new transition metal orthosilicates to be used as cathodes in Li-ion batteries. In pursuit of his PhD at MIT, Kameron has focused on electrochemical processes occurring in porous media. His first project is on the fabrication, operation, and modelling of a hydrogen bromine membraneless flow battery. The battery utilizes heterogeneous porous media to increase fuel utilization and keep fluid streams separate without the use of an expensive, resistive, ion-selective membrane. His second project is the optimization of a shock electro dialysis (ED) unit capable of continuous purification and desalination of water. Shock ED takes advantage of the transport of ions along an oppositely charged surface that occurs when over-diffusion-limited-current is applied.

Naga Dingari

Naga Neehar Dingari, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar)

Naga received his B.Tech and M.Tech (Dual degree) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. As a part of his Bachelors' thesis Naga worked on modeling electroosmotic flows in narrow fluidic confinements with simultaneous spatio-temporal perturbations in zeta potential. In his Masters' thesis he worked on modeling the effect of random surface inhomogeneities on capillary flows in microfluidic confinements. Naga joined LEMI in the fall 2012 and works on the modeling non-linear electrokinetic phenomena.

Jeffrey Moran, Ph.D.

Paulo Garcia, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)

Paulo A. Garcia completed his PhD at the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in 2010. During his time at Virginia Tech he developed imaging-based computational models for the planning and implementation of in vivo irreversible electroporation for the treatment of spontaneous malignant glioma in canine patients. At MIT he is developing a microfluidic platform to rapidly characterize the optimal conditions required for successful in vitro field-assisted transformation of bacteria. His research interests are in pulsed electric fields for therapeutic and biotechnology applications such as genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Paulo was recently inducted into the Translational Fellows Program at MIT. He is a native of the salsa capital of the world (Cali, Colombia) and enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and relaxing by the beach.

Zhifei Ge

Zhifei Ge, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar)

Prior to joining LEMI, Zhifei obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. As an undergraduate Zhifei joined a 3D MEMS laboratory to study energy harvesting with a focus on mechanical dynamics analysis. Through statistically designed experiments, Zhifei studied key factors governing ZnO nanowire growth prepared via Vapor-Liquid-Solid mechanism in the Nanomaterial Synthesis and Manipulation Group. With combined experiences in micro and nano technology, he spent his final undergraduate year studying an inorganic proton exchange membrane based micro fuel cell.

Laura Gilson

Laura Gilson

Laura joined LEMI in 2013, after receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, she worked in the MIT Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Laboratory, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis about a device for nanoparticle fabrication for drug delivery. Laura is currently working towards an MS degree, with a subsequent goal of pursuing a PhD.

Andrew Jones III

Andrew Jones III

Andrew received both an S.B. in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, Andrew worked in a group that was part of the Center for Solider Nanotechnologies on Alternating Current Electro-Osmotic pumps. As part of that group, he manufactured pumps and tested the pumps dependence on electrolyte size and concentration. Andrew wrote his undergraduate thesis developing a numerical model of the transport mechanisms in a single wafer Atomic Layer Deposition Process. Andrew is currently pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering on the road to a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Chris Vaiana

Chris Vaiana, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar)

Chris received his Ph.D. in chemistry from New York University in 2016, where he studied the genetic and epigenetic regulation of human cell surface glycosylation during biological processes such as cell cycle control and cancer progression. Prior to NYU, Chris was a Lieutenant in the US Air Force, where he was assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory. While on active duty he received his M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wright State University, where he designed and tested growth factor-functionalized clay nanoparticles for wound healing applications. He received his BA in Biology from SUNY Binghamton. Despite being a native New Yorker, Chris can drive a car and enjoys riding motorcycles. He’s also a beginner triathlete, recreational tennis player, and live music enthusiast. He joined LEMI in the fall of 2016, and is interested in applying microfluidic-enabled genetic transformation of bacteria to efforts in synthetic biology.

Qianru Wang

Qianru Wang

Qianru received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity. As an undergraduate student, Qianru joined the Institute of Robotics, and focused on solving human-centered mechanical design problems. She designed a low-cost prosthetic myoelectric elbow joint for an artificial limp factory to help disabled users who lose their lower arms regain independence. Qianru joined LEMI in Fall 2012.