Gang Chen

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Gang Chen is the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering and the director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory. His research interests center on nanoscale thermal transport and energy conversion phenomena and their applications in energy storage and conversion, thermal management, and water treatment and desalination. He has made important contributions to the understanding of heat transfer in nanostructures and exploited them to develop energy conversion, storage, and water technologies. Chen is fellows of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research Scientists

Svetlana Boriskina

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Svetlana V. Boriskina obtained her M.Sc. Degree in Radiophysics & Electronics (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degree in Physics & Mathematics from Kharkov National University (Ukraine). Prior to joining the NanoEngineering group at MIT, Svetlana worked as a NATO/Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Nottingham (UK), a Senior Research Scientist at Kharkov National University, and a Research Associate at Boston University. Her research interests include nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials with applications to bio(chemical)sensing, solar energy harvesting and conversion, optical trapping, light generation and near-field heat transfer.

Aaron Schmidt

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Aaron joined the group as a research scientist in 2018. He studied mechanical engineering at MIT, earning a Ph.D. in 2008. Prior to joining the group, he spent eight years on the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Boston University, where his research group focused on developing optical techniques for measuring nanoscale heat transport. His research interests include metrology, high temperature materials, and energy storage.

Postdocs

Mohammed AlShrah

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Mohammed Alshrah is a postdoctoral fellow in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. Mohammed received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Chul Park and Hani Naguib. During his Ph.D. study, Mohammed worked on developing an Ultra-lightweight, multifunctional Nanomaterials with exceptional thermal insulation properties. His research focused on the development of super thermal insulating open-cell foams “Aerogels” with a lightweight feature. Before joining the NanoEngineering group he worked as a Scientist under Prof. Vivek Subramanian supervision at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His research topic was on 3D printing and the fabrication of micro-devices for drug delivery applications.

Shaoting Lin

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Shaoting Lin is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automobile Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2019.

Marcelo Lozano

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Marcelo Lozano is a postdoctoral fellow in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Guanajuato (Mexico) in 2010. He completed a master's degree in Nanosciences and Materials in 2013 at the Institute of Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosi (IPICYT, Mexico). In 2017, he received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sciences from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). His current research at MIT focuses on the development of high thermal conductivity polymers applied to passive thermal management.

Xin Qian

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Xin Qian is a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder under the supervision of Prof. Ronggui Yang. His PhD work focused on first principles modeling and pump-probe characterization of thermal transport in complex and anisotropic materials such as hybrid organic-inorganic crystals, thermal barrier coating ceramics and layered 2D materials. Xin currently conducts research at MIT to exploit low-grade heat harvesting using electrochemical cells.

Jungwoo Shin

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Jungwoo Shin is a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2013, and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019 for research on thermal switching materials under the supervision of Prof. Paul V. Braun and Prof. David G. Cahill. His current research at MIT focuses on the development of high thermal conductivity polymers and heat-to-electrochemical energy conversion systems.

Yaodong Tu

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Yaodong Tu is a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University under the supervision of Prof. Ruzhu Wang in 2017. His research topic is advanced adsorption materials and adsorption heat transformation systems. His current work at MIT is to develop hydrogel-based adsorbents and thermochromic membranes for efficiently harvesting environmental energy.

Jiawei Zhou

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Jiawei Zhou is currently a postdoctoral associate at Mechanical Engineering department at MIT. He received his B.S. degree from Engineering Mechanics department at Tsinghua University in 2013, and his Ph.D. degree from Mechanical Engineering department at MIT in 2019. His current work focuses on understanding the energy transport in soft materials.

Graduate Students

Zhiwei Ding

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Zhiwei graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science. Currently, his research is focused on the computational study of transport properties and machine learning.

Buxuan Li

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Buxuan graduated from Tsinghua University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a bachelor's degree in Economics. He is now a Science Master student at MechE, with the NanoEngineering Group.

Simo Pajovic

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Simo graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a B.ASc. in Mechanical Engineering and is currently an S.M. student in the NanoEngineering Group. His research focuses on near-field thermal radiation and investigating new techniques to measure near-surface interactions, including heat transfer and surface forces. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and collecting comic books, playing games, and creative writing.

Qichen Song

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Qichen graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a B.S. degree in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering in 2015. Currently, his research is focused on phonon-phonon interrelations in semiconductors by first-principle computation.

Yoichiro Tsurimaki

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Yoichiro received his B.E. and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Tohoku University in 2012 and 2015, respectively and earned an M.E. in Energy and Environmental Engineering from INSA de Lyon in 2014.

Qian Xu

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Qian graduated from Zhejiang University in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Her undergraduate research involved thermal properties of topological insulators and thermoelectric nanomaterials with phase change behavior, in-situ investigation of mechanical properties of Cu–Al alloys and molecular dynamics study of glass. She is interested in energy materials and biomedical materials. She will start her research at MIT with DFT simulations.

James Han Zhang

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James Zhang received his B.S. joint degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019. Currently his research is focused on storing low-grade heat in electrochemical systems.

Staff

Keke Xu

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Keke Xu is a program managing professional in the group. She has a B.A. in Materials Science and Engineering and a M.S. in Intercultural Relations. Besides provides the administrative support to the group and Professor Chen, she manages the activities for the Center for Mechanical Engineering Research and Education. In addition, she is the research administrator for the PI and manages funding from federal agencies, fellowships, industry, and other.