Svetlana 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 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.
Abdulmohsen (Mohsen) Alowayed received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2018 and joined SpaceX. He received a S.M. in Mechanical Engineering in the NanoEngineering group. His master research work focused on low-cost solar water purification.
Anurag Bajpayee completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management from MIT in 2012 and started his company Gradiant. His doctoral work on Directional Solvent Extraction water treatment was recognized by the Scientific American as a Top 10 World Changing Idea of 2012 and by the Forbes magazine as one of 5 game-changing projects. Anurag has co-authored 4 peer reviewed journal publications and is a co-inventor on 2 issued and 4 pending US and international patents. Bajpayee graduated with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Summa cum laude from the University of Missouri in 2006 and received a Masters degree from MIT in 2008. At MIT he was a recipient of the Gorenberg Deshpande Fellowship for Technological Innovation and led the organization of the MIT Global Startup Workshop. Anurag has since founded Gradiant Corporation to commercialize new desalination and water treatment technologies.
Vincent Berube received his Ph.D. in 2008 and joined McKinsey and Company. His research at MIT focused on nanoscale thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrogen adsorption. Vince has a B.S. in Physics from Universite Laval (2003).
Matthew received his PhD from the NanoEngineering Lab in February 2015 with a focus on the fabrication of thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells with enhanced light-trapping structures. He now works as a mechanical design engineer at Tesla Motors near Reno, NV where he evaluates strategies for minimizing the energy required in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries.
Diana Borca-Tasciuc graduated with a Ph.D. in 2005. Her research was focused on the thermal properties of nanocomposites. She joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's mechanical engineering department as an assistant professor in 2006.
Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc received his Ph.D. in 2000, focusing on nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion. He joined the Rensselaer faculty as a faculty member in mechanical engineering in 2001.
Zony Chen graduated with a Ph.D. in the summer of 2007. His research focused on surface polaritons and their application to nano-optics and nanoscale thin film thermal conductivity. Zony is currently working for McKinsey & Company.
Vazrik graduated from MIT in 2011 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and in Physics with a minor in Math. He was an MIT Energy Initiative Fellow (b-TEC). His research in the group focused on improving the theoretical understanding of energy transport between surfaces separated by extremely small gaps in order to better bridge the theories of conduction and radiation. Vazrik currently works at MIT Lincoln Lab.
Kimberlee graduated with B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics (2008) and a M.S. degree (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She joined the Sandia National Lab after graduation. Kimberlee's research involved optical pump and probe, transient thermoreflectance measurements of nanomaterials, and the study of ballistic and interface phonon transport phenomena.
Jim Cybulski received an M.S. in 2004 for his work on roll-up structures for electromagnetic metamaterials. He then spent a year at Intel before going to Stanford to pursue his Ph.D. In 2016, Jim co-founded a company Foldscope Instruments, Inc.
Chris Dames earned his Ph.D. in 2006 and currently is a professor at UC Berkeley. His research concerned thermal properties and applications of nanotubes and nanowires. Chris published work on both theoretical properties of nanowires [1,2] and experimental measurements of their properties [3,4
Zhiwei graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science. For his PhD research at MIT, his work was focused on the computational study of transport properties and machine learning.
Jianping Fu received his M.S. in 2003 and pursued his Ph.D. in the Micro/Nanofluidic BioMEMS Group at MIT. he is a faculty member at University of Michigan.
Qing Hao received his B.E. degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2001. He then obtained his M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010, both in Mechanical Engineering. Under the supervision of Prof. Gang Chen, his Ph.D. thesis focused on developing nanostructured thermoelectric materials for applications in refrigeration and electric power generation. His work on high-performance nanostructured bismuth antimony telluride bulk alloys not only produced a co-first authored Science paper but also won him the 2008 R&D 100 Award as a team member. Qing's postdtoc was with Prof. Gerbrand Ceder at MIT andworked on lithium ion batteries. His long-term research interest is nanoscale energy transport and its applications in advanced materials and nano-electronic devices. Qing is a faculty member at the University of Arizona.
Tom Harris is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, located within Sandia National Laboratories. Tom received B.E. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and an S.M. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering both from MIT in 2010. His Ph.D. work focused on correlating the electrical and thermal transport properties of individual nanoscale materials with their atomic structure using transmission electron microscopy. This work relied extensively on micro- and nanofabrication, highly sensitive electrical and thermal low-temperature measurements, and both manipulation and placement of single nanostructures. Tom's research interests include both measurement and modeling of carrier transport in low-dimensional structures, (specifically) inorganic nanowires, thin films, and carbon-based nanostructures, and the design, control, and fabrication of nanoscale electromechanical systems.
Fardad Hashemi received his Ph.D. in 2005. His thesis was on the development of the nanotweezers. Fardad currently is a research scientist at Nikon Research Corp.
Asegun Henry received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and is a faculty member at MIT. While in the nanoengineering group, his research focused on classical molecular dynamics simulations with an emphasis on the development of innovative analysis techiques. Asegun also holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Florida A & M University and a MS degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Wei-Chun (Edi) Hsu received B.S. from National Taiwan University (NTU), and M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His researches focus on the opto-mechanical sensor using AFM cantilevers and opto-electronic devices including thin-film c-Si solar cells and near-field thermoradiative cells. After graduating from MIT, he joined KLA-Tencor as a research scientist to continue research on novel optical design for semiconductor industry.
Lu Hu received his Ph.D. in 2008 and is currently working for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. His research with the NanoEngineering group focused on thermophotovoltaic devices, photon absorption in photovoltaic cells, selective surfaces for solar thermal applications, and other thermal radiation problems. Lu has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Yi graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Applied Math. She developed her interest in nano-scale heat transfer as an undergrad researcher, while working on thermal characterization of zeolite thin films and biomimetic heat sinks. Yi completed her doctoral study in 2020.
Sam graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. For his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, he used a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and lattice dynamics calculations to predict phonon properties in superlattices. His work at MIT used both computational and experimental approaches to gain further insight into nanoscale thermal transport. Sam joined Metcalf Lab at Princeton University after graduation from MIT.
Mike received his BS and MS from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2008 and 2010, respectively. During graduate school, he was a Warren M. Rohsenow and Tau Beta Pi Fellow, a recipient of the Wunsch Award for academic excellence, and was selected for a Department of Defense SMART Fellowship. For his Master's thesis, he designed a portable, home-scale power generation system for off-grid users in the developing world. He currently serves as VP of Products for his start-up, Lark Technologies, Inc., based in Silicon Valley.
Daniel received his Diploma in process engineering at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany in 2003. In 2005 he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, where he also graduated with a M.S. in mechanical engineering in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies in 2007. He subsequently joined the NanoEngineering Group conducting research in multiple fields ranging from solar power conversion, solid-state power conversion (thermoelectrics, thermionics, thermophotovoltaic) to thermally conductive polymers and polymer composites. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. His thesis focused on the solar application of thermoelectric generators. He joins the startup company Modern Electron as a thermal/mechanical R&D engineer in the summer 2016.
Hohyun Lee received his Ph.D in 2009 and is currently a faculty member at Santa Clara University. His research focused on the transport phenomena in nanocomposites and the enhancement of the thermoelectric properties of SiGe nanocomposites. Hohyun has a B.S.(2003) in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University and an S.M.(2005) in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Sangyeop Lee is currently a faculty member at University of Pittsburgh. He received B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2005) from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2015. While at MIT, Sangyeop studied transport of phonons and electrons in thermoelectric materials and two-dimensional materials using both first principles calculations and experimental characterizations. He is a recipient of Samsung Scholarship.
Buxuan graduated from Tsinghua University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a bachelor's degree in Economics. He joined the NanoEngineering group as a graduate student in 2017.
Bolin defended his PhD thesis in March, 2016. His work in NanoEngineering group was focused on nanoscale energy carrier transport in thermoelectric materials. In May, 2016, Bolin joined Prof. Ahmed Zewail's group in Caltech as a Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize postdoctoral fellow. He is afaculty member now at UC SB.
Weili Liu received his Ph.D. in 2004. His thesis was on the thermal properties of superlattices and thin films. Weili had his postdoctoral research in the Nano-Device Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside.
Maria received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. For her research she used pump and probe laser experiments to gain insight into nanoscale heat transport. Maria joined Apple after graduation from MIT.
Jack Ma graduated with an M.S. in 2006. His masters research focused on the experimental characterization of nanofluids.
Ken earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in the fall of 2014. His research focused on segmented thermoelectric generators, solar thermoelectric generators, and heat transfer in aerogels. Ken earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2002 and was working as a senior engineer at Boston Flight Sciences before coming to MIT. Upon graduating from MIT, Ken joined Creare, an engineering R&D services company.
Jonathan earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2011, and his Ph.D. from the Nanoengineering group in 2017. His Ph.D. research involved the investigation of phonon transport and scattering at impurities for the application of thermoelectric materials. he joined Cloud 9 Technologies after graduation from MIT.
Austin earned his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from UC Berkeley in 2006, an M.S. degree from MIT in 2008, and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2011. He is the recipient of of the Department of Defense and NSF Graduate Fellowships. While at MIT, Austin worked on experimental characterization of thermoelectrics. Currently Austin is a faculty member in mechanical engineering at CalTech. His work focuses on understanding energy transport at the nanoscale using a variety of experimental and theoretical techniques, including an ultrafast pump-probe experiment.
Andy Muto is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in 2005, his M.S. degree from MIT in 2008, and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2011. His research focused on thermoelectric materials and the measurement of thermal and thermoelectric properties of nanotubes and nanowires. Andy joined Corning in the summer of 2011 as a Process Development Engineer on Corning's fusion draw machines which make flat glass substrates for LCD displays.
Arvind received his Ph.D. in 2007 and is currently a faculty member at Columbia University. Arvind has a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (1997) and an M.S. from the University of Delaware (1999). He worked at Microstrategy, Inc. from 1999-2001 before joining the NanoEngineering Group in January 2001. Arvind's research interests include:
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.
Poetro Lebdo Sambegoro
Poetro earned his Ph.D. from the NanoEngineering group in 2015. His research at MIT focused on near-field heat trasnfer. Poetro earned his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, in 2006. He is a recipient of the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award. Poetro joined Institut Teknologi Bandung as a faculty member.
Aaron has a B.S. (2002), M.S. (2004), and Ph.D. (2008) in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is a recipient of the Warren M. Rohsenow Fellowship from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and graduate research fellowships from the NSF and Department of Defense. His Ph.D. research was on the development of ultrafast optical methods for characterizing thermal transport in solids, liquids and nanostructures. Aaron currently is a research scientist at MIT.
Ashish Shah graduated with an M.S. in 2003. His thesis was on the development of nano-gap structures for thermophotovoltaics.
Sheng Shen received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2010 and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University starting as a faculty member in 2011. In the interim he will pursue a postdoc in University of California at Berkeley with Professor Xiang Zhang. His research in the NanoEngineering Group at MIT focused on nanoscale thermal radiation, thermal and optical characterization of nanostructured materials, and solar energy conversion. Sheng has a B.S. and and M.S. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.
Erik is a Lieutenant in the United Stated Coast Guard. He received a masters degree in 2007 for his work on the thermal conductivity of stretched polymers.
David Song received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCLA in June 2003. His thesis was on phonon heat conduction in nano and micro-porous thin films.
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. in February 2022, Qichen joined Harvard University as a postdoctoral associate.
Zhiting Tian graduated from Tsinghua University, China (2007) with a B.E. in Engineering Physics and completed her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University, NY (2009). She completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2014, where her research focused on molecular dynamics simulations in thermoelectrics and thermal interface materials. She is a faculty member in Cornell University.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. He received the Ph.D. from MIT Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and joined BAE Sysmtes, Inc. His research focuses on the thermal characterization of nanomaterials, such as nanospheres and polymer nanofibers, using a bimorph AFM cantilever as a thermal sensor.
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. Yoichiro completed his doctoral study in 2021 and is a postdoc at Stanford University.
Jenny graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 2011 and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2015. She has been interested in renewable energy technologies since high school and worked on hydrogen storage and lithium ion battery projects as an undergraduate. Her current research focuses on heat conduction in soft materials.
Jianjian earned his M.S degree (2011) and Ph.D. degree (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He received his B.Eng. degree in Thermal Science and Energy Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008. His research involved nanofluids heat conduction mechanisms, electrical and thermal conductivity regulation via phase transition, thermal charging of electrical double layer capacitors, and high thermal conductivity polymer composites. Jianjian joined Advanced Cooling Technologies.
Lee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2017. His research at MIT focused on solar energy conversion, particularly solar thermal energy technologies.
Bao Yang graduated in 2004 with a Ph.D. Bao did research on phonon transport and thermoelectrics. He is currently a faculty member in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland
Ronggui Yang graduated with a Ph.D. in 2005. His research was primarily focused on the theoretical modeling of phonon transport in nanotructures. Ronggui is currently a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lingping obtained his B.S. degree in the School of Energy and Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2010. He defended his doctoral thesis in 2016 and received a Ph.D from MIT Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on phonon transport in nanostructured dielectric materials with applications for thermoelectric energy conversion technology. Lingping joined PanAgora Asset Management after graduation.
Mohammed AlShrah was a postdoctoral fellow in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. Dr. AlShrah 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, Dr. AlShrah 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. In 2021, Dr. Alshrah joined the TE Connectivity.
Brian Burg was a postdoctoral fellow in the NanoEngineering Group of MIT. He earned his Doctor of Sciences from ETH Zurich in Switzerland in October 2010. His research focused on the guided assembly of carbon nanostructures with parallel sensor assembly. During his Master's, which he jointly completed at ETH Zurich and MIT, his studies focused on Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies and Renewable Energy Carriers. In the NanoEngineering Group Brian worked on ultrasensitive cantilevers for micro- and nanoscale heat transfer measurements.
Yann Chalopin was a postdoctoral associate from 2009 to 2010 with the NanoEngineering Group. He received his M.S. (2006) in solid state physics and Ph.D. (2009) from Ecole Centrale Paris. Yann is currently a CNRS research scientist at Ecole Centrale Paris. His research interests include the theoretical aspects of nanoscale energy transport and conversion (nano-optics, nanoscale heat transport) and the development of computational methods to study physical properties of low-dimensional systems.
Ke Chen was a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his PhD and BS in physics at Sun Yat-sen University in 2012 and 2007, respectively. Prior to joining the NanoEngineering group, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at UT Austin. His research topic is electron/phonon dynamics and transport in semiconductors. His current work at MIT is to exploit ultrafast laser spectroscopy such as transient grating pump-probe and time-domain thermalreflectance to measure and study phonon transport at nano/micro scale.
Shuo Chen was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She received her M.S. (2002) from Peking University and Ph.D. (2006) from Boston College in Physics. In 2006-2009 she worked as a postdoctoral associate in the electrochemical energy lab at MIT. In the NanoEngineering group she worked on synthesis and electron microscopy studies of nanomaterials, and structural and transport properties of thermoelectric materials. Shuo has moved on to a research associate position at Boston College, where she is working on synthesis, structural and electrical and thermal properties of thermoelectric nanocomposites. Her other research fields include fundamental studies and applications of energy conversion and storage materials and devices such as electrocatalysis in fuel cells and electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors. Shuo is a faculty member at the University of Houston.
Thomas Cooper was a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. Thomas received his PhD and MSc from ETH Zurich in 2014 and 2010 respectively, and his BASc from the University of Toronto in 2008, all in Mechanical Engineering. During his graduate studies at ETH in the group of Prof. Aldo Steinfeld, Thomas’ research focused on the development of novel optical concepts for concentrating photovoltaics, and new materials for solar fuel production through two-step thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. His current research at MIT targets the development of novel materials and systems for efficiently harvesting solar energy and converting it into useful forms. Thomas joined the York University as a faculty member.
John obtained his B.Sc. Physics degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland in 2007 and received his Ph.D degree jointly between UCC and the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN) in 2011. His research interests include phonon propagation in nanostructures and how these may be investigated by phonon-photon interactions. He is particularly interested in nanoscale thermal conductivity and the frequency/wavevector-dependence of phonon properties, and how these properties may be studied by Pump-Probe, Brillouin, and Raman spectroscopy.
Weitao Dai received his B. S. degree in Optics from the University of Science & Technology of China (2000) and Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University (2009). He was a post-doc with the NanoEngineering Group at MIT, focusing on numeric simulations of electromagnetic waves. After the NanoEngineering Group, Weitao became a post-doc at Boston College, working with Prof. Willie Padilla. he joined Boston College as a Research Associate.
Shien-Ping Feng received his Ph.D. in electrochemistry and chemical mechanical polishing in chemical engineering from National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan (2003-2008). He also worked on the fabrication of semiconductors via thin film processes at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (2001-2008). After that, he attended Tripod Hsinchu Lab, where he worked on nano-particle research for dye-sensitized solar cells (2008-2009). Shien-Ping Feng joined Hong Kong University as a faculty member. He works on electrochemical nanoengineering to solve the interface contact problem in thermoelectric devices and supercapacitors.
Hadi was a postdoctoral associate in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT. He graduated from University of Toronto with a Ph. D. in mechanical engineering in 2011. His Ph. D. research was focused on interface energies and energy transport mechanisms during evaporation of a water sessile droplet. After, he conducted a research on modeling of geothermal-solar energy systems with an emphasis on optimization and new conceptual designs for hybrid energy systems with Prof. Alexander Mitsos. His research interests focuses on thermodynamics and energy transport both in nano and micro scales. Hadi is now a faculty member at the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Houston.
Sang Eon Han
Sang Eon received his B.S. and M.S. from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Chemical Engineering. Prior to his Ph.D, he was a research scientist at LG Chem working on thin films for liquid crystal displays. Sang Eon's research in the NanoEngineering Group focused on the theory of photonic crystals and plasmonics with applications in solar energy harvesting.
Yongjie joined the Nanoengineering group in the summer of 2011. His research involved nanoscale thermal transport, phonon spectra analysis, and ultrafast optical spectroscopy study for energy applications. Before that, Yongjie completed his Ph.D. from Harvard University with a research focus on the design, synthesis, and manufacturing of nanomaterials, and the electronic and quantum transport study for integrated device systems. Yongjie is currently a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Xiaopeng obtained his PhD from Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University in 2011. His PhD work focused on thermal transport in low-dimensional complex structures including thermoelectric nanocomposites, carbon nanotube and biomaterials like spider silk. He joined the nanoengineering group at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in 2012. He received his M.S. degree from the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008 and B.S. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2005. His research interests include thermoelectric energy conversion, multi-scale simulation and characterization of thermal transport. His research work in MIT focused on scale-up of high thermally conductive polymers and development of solar thermal aerogel receiver. Now Xiaopeng works in Hewlett Packard Laboratory.
Jae Sik Jin
Jae Sik Jin was a member of the NanoEngineering Group at MIT as a postdoctoral associate from October 2009 until January 2011. He received his Ph.D. degree in numerical analysis of micro/nanoscale energy transport in silicon devices from Seoul National University in 2007. His research focused on establishing theoretical models and numerical simulations of thermal energy transfer in thermal interface materials and nanostructures.
Kamal was a BOYSCAST Fellow from May to December, 2003 in the NanoEngineering Group of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Interdisciplinary Department of Materials Science at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. In the NanoEngineering Group, he worked on the thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube based polymer composites. His current research interests are in the field of nanostructured materials for the energy storage and conversion specially supercapacitor, fuel cell and thermoelectric; water purification and biomedical implants.
Stephan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2009. During his Master's studies, Stephan worked in the Laboratory for Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (LTNT) under Prof. Dimos Poulikakos in the field of submicron printing. As a visiting student, Stephan explored a solvent-based desalination technique. After his time at MIT, Stephan returned to ETH to pursue his Ph.D.
Mingda Li has been carrying out his research as a postdoc in the NanoEngineering Group & MGM Group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the NSE department at MIT in 2015, and his B.S. from the Engineering Physics department at Tsinghua University in 2009. His research interests lie in the influence of topological defects to nanoscale phonon & electron transport and effects of topological non-triviality to thermoelectric materials using a combination of field-theoretical methods, first-principle calculations and spectroscopic measurements. He starts his assistant professor position in January 2018 in nuclear engineering department at MIT.
Xiaobo Li received his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and his M.S. from the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 and then joined the NanoEngineering Group of MIT as a PostDoc. He is interested in research in thermophysical properties and nanoscale heat transfer with applications in thermal storage, thermoelectric energy conversion, and thermal management.
Cheng-Te obtained his degrees in Applied Chemistry (B.S.) and Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) at National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) in 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 2008. His academic interests include synthesis of graphene and other 2D atomic materials, as well as development of their applications such as biosensors, lithium-ion batteries, transparent conducting films, and electrochemical catalysis. Since 2012, he started his second postdoc position at MIT and has focusing on making ultra-high surface area graphene aerogels. At MIT he was involved in the projects of high thermally conductive polymers and advanced thermal switches. Cheng-Te joined Ningbo Institute of Material Tech and Eng.
Te-Huan Liu got his Ph.D. degree in Institute of Applied Mechanics from National Taiwan University in 2012. His Ph.D. work focused on the thermal and mechanical properties of graphene grain boundaries as well as the kinetics of graphene growth processes by using molecular dynamics simulations. He has also studied the thermal transport in two-dimensional materials through first-principles calculations. Te-Huan joined the Nanoengineering Group at MIT as a postdoc in January 2015. He is interested in electron-phonon interactions with applications in thermoelectric materials. Te-Huan joined Huazhong Unirsity of Science and Technology as a faculty member.
James joined the NanoEngineering group in the summer of 2013. His research involved fabrication techniques for large-area polymer films with tunable thermal conductivity; and design of high efficiency concentrating solar power receivers. Prior to moving to Boston, James received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2013. His research focused on stimuli-responsive materials and photomechanical actuation in nanocarbon/elastomer composites. In the fall of 2015, James joined the faculty at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Bruno Lorenzi was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Dario Narducci, and his M.S. in Physics in the group of Prof. Maurizio Acciarri, both from University of Milano Bicocca (Italy). Bruno’s Ph.D. work focused on the development of nanoengineered silicon thin films for thermoelectric applications. Part of the work was carried out at Stanford University in the nanoheat group of Prof. Ken Goodson. The principal focus of Bruno’s research at MIT is the study of 3rd generation photovoltaic systems, exploiting thermal strategies to overcome the limitations of present technologies. His current project funded by the European Commission is devoted to the development of an efficient hybrid photovoltaic-thermoelectric device for solar energy harvesting.
Marcelo received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sciences from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) in 2017 and joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. While at MIT, his research focused on the development of high thermal conductivity polymers applied to passive thermal management. He is currently a researcher at the School of Engineering and Sciences , Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Tengfei Luo was a postdoctoral associate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.S. (2005) from Xi'an Jiaotong University and his Ph.D. (2009) from Michigan State University. At MIT, Tengfei worked on Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of thermal energy transport across different materials interfaces, as well as MD simulations of thermal energy transport across polymer-solid interfaces. Tengfei is a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame.
Amy Marconnet received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in August 2012. Her dissertation focused on thermal phenomena in nanostructured materials including carbon nanotubes and silicon-based nanostructures. She received her MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford (2009) and BS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her postdoctoral research focused on understanding the mechanisms governing the variation in thermal, electrical, and optical properties of nanofluids during the solid-liquid phase transition. Amy joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Purdue University in August 2013.
Anastassios Mavrokefalos was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.S., M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in the field of micro/nano scale heat transfer and thermoelectrics. His research at MIT focused on solar/thermal electrical conversion systems.
Nenad received his BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2009. He obtained his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2011 for research on hybrid solar thermoelectric technologies, and PhD from MIT in 2013 for research on development and characterization of micro/nanostructured surfaces for enhanced condensation heat transfer, both at the Device Research Lab (DRL). He then continued on as a postdoctoral associate in the DRL for 4 months prior to joining the NanoEngineering lab, where he worked on smart materials with tunable optical properties, and novel volumetric absorber technologies. More broadly, his research interests focus on the intersection of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and energy technologies. He is now part of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UIUC.
Dr. Bhaskaran Muralidharan completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. His Ph.D. work was in the area of non-equilibrium quantum transport in the strongly correlated regime. His research interests in the NanoEngineering group focused on the fundamental understanding of non-equilibrium phenomena such as charge and heat flow in nanoscale systems, and their applications to thermoelectric energy conversion.
Xin Qian was 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 is a faculty member in the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.
De-Kui Qing was a postdoctoral researcher, studying electromagnetic metamaterials and the optical properties of nanostructures.
Bo was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Mechancial Engineering at Purdue University in 2012. He obtained his M.S. and B.S. in Physics at Purdue University in 2008 and at University of Science and Technology of China in 2006, respectively. His interests are nanoscale energy conversion systems and carrier transport/interactions. Bo is now working at Qualcomm.
Jungwoo Shin 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 research at MIT focused on the development of high thermal conductivity polymers and heat-to-electrochemical energy conversion systems.
Nitin obtained his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2009. His doctoral research involved studying thermal transport across solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces. In the NanoEngineering Group, Nitin's research focused mainly on nanoscale heat transport and pump-probe measurements
Bai Song was a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2015. He earned his M.S. and B.E. in Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University in 2010 and 2007, respectively. His primary research interest is to understand energy transport, conversion, dissipation and storage at the nanoscale, and to leverage such knowledge to design and develop novel materials and devices for sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Bai currently is a faculty member at Peking University.
Nagarajan Thoppey was a postdoctoral associate in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. He received his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science (2012) & M.S. in Textile Engineering (2010) from North Carolina State University (NCSU). During his M.S. and PhD research work, he developed novel electrospinning configurations for high throughput production of quality nanofibers. He also investigated the effect of solution parameters on spontaneous jet formation and throughput in edge electrospinning from a fluid-filled bowl. Prior to joining NCSU, Nagarajan obtained his B. Tech in Textile Technology (2004) from University of Madras & Diploma in Textile Technology (1996) from Directorate of Technical Education and gained experience in different fields, including spun yarn manufacturing, product development, social and quality compliance, marketing, and academia. His work in NanoEngineering group was on developing a continuous process for producing aligned polymer chains in the form of sheets or nanofiber bundles with high thermal conductivity values. Nagarajan joined BSN Medical.
Daryoosh Vashaee is a postdoctoral associate in mechanical engineering at MIT. He received his Ph.D. on nanoscale charge and energy transport in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) in September, 2004. Prior to UCSC, he earned his BS in electrical engineering (electronics) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran in 1993 and his MS in electrical engineering (communications) from Amirkabir University of Technology in 1995. After three years of experience working on RF Engineering, Daryoosh joined UC-Santa Barbara and worked on the fabrication and processing of InGaAs/InGaAsP based thin film thermoelectric devices. His research interests are on theoretical and experimental investigation of energy materials and devices, nano and micro-scale charge and energy transport, thermoelectric/thermionic energy conversion, and integrated micro-refrigeration. He is the winner of the 2004 Goldsmid Award for Research Excellence in Thermoelectrics from the International Thermoelectric Society (ITS News). Daryoosh is a faculty member at NC State University.
Sebastian Volz was a postdoctoral researcher from France. His research was on molecular dynamics simulations of the thermal conductivity of silicon crystal.
Yanfei was a postdoc in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. She got her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Nankai University in 2010. Her Ph.D. research topics were synthesis of functionalized graphene and development of optical/electronic/optoelectronic devices using these materials. Prior to joining NanoEngineering group, she worked as a Marie Curie Fellow for European FP7 GENIUS project at BASF & Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Joint Lab in Germany. Her GENIUS work focused on functionalized graphene ink formulation and graphene-based energy storage device via printing procedures. Currently she focuses on development of high electrically, thermally conductive materials and efficient solar energy conversion device. Yanfei currently is a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Nuo Yang was a postdoctoral associate from 2009 to 2010 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He earned his B.S. degree in applied physics from the University of Science & Technology of China (2000), his M.E. in accelerator physics from the Chinese Academy of Science (2003), and his Ph. D in Physics from the National University of Singapore (2009). His research is focused on thermoelectrics and thermal transportation in low-dimensional structures and thermal interface materials.
Yuan Yang is currently an assistant professor in department of applied physics and applied mathematics at Columbia University. He received B.S. (2003) of physics from Peking University in China, and his Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford in 2012. While at MIT, Yuan studied electrochemical approaches for thermal energy harvesting and thermal management of electrochemical devices.
Selçuk Yerci received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics at Middle East Technical University, where his research focused on spectroscopic investigation of silicon nanocrystals, and his Ph.D. in Computer and Electrical Engineering at Boston University, where his research was mainly on silicon-compatible on-chip light emitters. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His interests are efficient thermoelectric materials and solar cells on a silicon platform. Selçuk is now part of the Micro and Nanotechnology faculty at Middle East Technical University.
Hadi Zandavi was a postdoctoral fellow in the NanoEngineering group at MIT. Hadi received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2015, supervised by Professor Charles Ward. During his PhD study, Hadi’s research focused on applying the classical and statistical thermodynamic methods for different interfacial and transport phenomenon including adsorption, condensation and evaporation. Prior to joining the NanoEngineering group he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in SintonLab for fluidics and energy at the University of Toronto. His research topic was "Fundamentals of fluid transport, capillarity, and phase transitions at nanoscale". He received his M.S. degree from the Sharif University of Technology and B.S. degree from Shiraz University both in Mechanical Engineering. His current research at MIT focuses on the development and characterization of high thermally conductive materials and efficient solar energy conversion device. Hadi joined Intel Corp.
Mona Zebarjadi was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She has defended her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz in November 2009. She was working with the quantum electronic group supervised by Prof. Ali Shakouri on characterization and simulation of thermoelectric materials. Prior to UCSC, she received her B.S. and M.S. in physics from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Her research interests are energy conversion systems both in nano- and micro-scales, especially thermoelectrics, solar cells, and diffusion cells. Mona is a faculty ember at the University of Virginia.
Jiawei Zhou received his PhD in 2019 from MIT and was a postdoctoral researcher in the group before he joined Prof. Cui Yi's group at Stanford Uniersity as a postdoctoral fellow. While at MIT, Jiawei's research focused on understanding the energy transport in soft materials.
Professor Huanxin Chen is a visiting scholar (Oct. 2008 - Oct. 2009) from the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. His current research is focused on thermoelectric refrigeration and energy savings.
Matteo Chiesa has recently been appointed as an assistant professor at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) in Abu Dhabi. Matteo has worked for SINTEF Petroleum and Energy, as well as for Vetco Aibel where he was a Senior Technical Advisor. Matteo Chiesa received his PhD in the field of Applied Mechanics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2001.
Yuan Dong was a visiting student from Tsinghua University, Beijing. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2008 and stayed at Tsinghua for his PhD studies in the same department. His research field is nano-scale heat conduction and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.
Jinwei Gao was a visiting student (9/2007~9/2009) from the School of Chemical & Energy Engineering at the South China University of Technology (Guangzhou. P.R.China). Jinwei worked on nanofluid heat transfer enhancement and thermal characterization of polymers.
Amador was a visiting scholar from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, where he is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Amador earned his Mechanical Engineer degree from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and his Ph.D. (1995) from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in the field of solar (and other sources of) energy conversion to thermal and electric energy by thermoelectric materials. His main interests are the use of theoretical and numerical techniques for determining thermoelectric properties such as thermal conductivity in composites and other nanostructures. In the NanoEngineering Group, Amador worked on understanding theoretical models based on an effective medium theory for predicting and determining effective properties, and its correlation to experimental means and data for determining effective properties.
Kazuki Ihara was a visiting scholar from Smart Energy Research Laboratories at NEC Corporation in Japan. He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. in applied chemistry, and Doctor of Engineering in chemical system engineering from Kyushu University in 2002, 2004 and 2007 respectively. His research interests are in the interaction between materials and photon, surface science on nano materials and a development of novel electronic devices. He'd like to understand the behavior of thermal conductance in nano-region for the development of electronic devices with eco-friendly, energy-harvesting and nano-technology.
Alexandre Jacquot was a visiting Ph.D. student from Laboroire de Physique des Materiaux (LPM), Ecole Nationale Superieur des Mines de Nancy. He worked on the fabrication of thermoelectric thin film devices.
Ming-Shan Jeng was a visiting scholar from the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan. He worked on Monte Carlo simulations of nanocomposites.
Christine was a visiting student from the Institute of Thermodynamics, TU Braunschweig, Germany. She received her diploma in biological engineering at the TU Braunschweig in 2006. Her current research is focused on the application of thermoelectric systems.
Yong Tae Kang
Professor Yong Tae Kang is a visiting scholar (Sep. 01, 2006 - Aug. 31, 2007) from the School of Mechanical and Industrial Systems Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Korea. He works on nanofluids, heat and mass transfer enhancement in binary mixtures and micro/nano scale energy conversion systems.
Maha Mohammed Khayyat is a faculty member of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Makkah, KSA where she received her BSc and MPhil in physics. Then she received her PhD from Cavendish laboratory where she worked under the supervision of Dr M. Munawar Chaudhri (Reader, Emeritus in physics, University of Cambridge) on structural phase transformations of semiconductor materials due to micro & nano indentations where she got her PhD in less than three years. "Dr Khayyat worked in T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM in Nov 2008 for more than two years. She worked in solar cells based on Si nanowires then start making innovative and breakthrough contributions to improve the nanowire technology by replacing the conventional gold seed by aluminum seed which was quite challenging. Dr. Khayyat further applied this technology to patterned silicon substrate for potential use in silicon CMOS technology. She then started a completely new field of controlled spalling for flexible solar cell application as part of IBM-KACST new project. Her original contribution included the concept of performing controlled spalling at liquid nitrogen temperature rather than room temperature. She reduced her concept to practice and demonstrated a factor of two or more increased thickness of the spalled samples." as described by Dr Tze-Chiang Chen (IBM Fellow and Vice President of Science and Technology).
Zhichun was a visiting scholar from the School of Energy and Power Engineering of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). He received his Ph.D in Engineering Thermophysics in 2006 and became an associate professor in HUST in 2009. His research covers theory and experimental studies in Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) and Capillary Pumped Loop (CPL), application and theory of convective heat transfer enhancement, and heat and mass transfer in PEM fuel cells. At MIT, he worked on Monte Carlo simulations of phonon transport in nanostructured dielectric materials.
Lei Ma, a visiting student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, got his bachelor's degree in Engineering School from HUST in 2009. At HUST, his research was focused on heat transfer enhancement in tubes with application to various kinds of heat exchangers. His work at MIT involved utilizing thermoelectric techniques to recover waste heat from various heat sources.
From September 2000 and August 2002, Professor Koji Miyazaki was a visiting scholar from the mechanical engineering department at the Kyushu Institute of Technology. Koji's research was on microbubble generation.
Shinichiro Nakamura is a visiting scientist from Japan. He has a Master's degree in the field of polymer science from Hokkaido University. He studied low-dimensional thermoelectric and energy conversion technology and nanowire growth and measurement.
Prof. Junichiro Shiomi was a visiting scholar from 2010 to 2011. He received the B.E. from Tohoku University, and Ph. D. from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. He is an Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo. His research interests include heat conduction of nanomaterials, polymer composites, and thermoelectrics, phase change and fluidics in nanoscale, interfacial thermofluid dynamics, and thermal convections.
Masayuki Takashiri was a visiting scientist from the Komatsu Corporation in Japan, from March 2002 until September 2003. He was involved in the development of thin film power generators.
Professor Jinbo Wang is the Vice Dean at the School of Environmental Engineering in the Huzahong University of Science and Technology. He was a visiting scholar from April 2002 until June 2004, working on electrostatic cooling and transport in nanofluids.
Xun Wang is a visiting student from the Electrochemical Nanoengineering Group at The University of Hong Kong. She obtained her B.S. degree in Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2015. Her current work is focused on the thermo-electrochemical cell for efficient low-grade heat harvesting.
Hongxia Zeng was a visiting student from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. She received her bachelor's degree in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from HUST in 2015. At HUST, her research is focused on improving thermal conductivity of polymer and their composites with ordered structure. Her research at MIT involve fabricating high thermal conductivity bulk polymer and hydrogel.
Mengyun Zhang was a visiting student from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She came to the NanoEngineering Group at MIT to finish her final project to earn her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from HUST. She made a DC-DC converter which transforms high currents into high voltages, a project which is important for thermoelectric devices.
Yiqun Zhang was a visiting student (01/2009-06/2010) from the department of physics, Nanjing University, China. He received his B.S. in 2005 in Nanjing University. His research focused on the thermoelctric properties of nanostructures.
Professor Ruiting Zheng was a visiting scholar from the Institute of Low Energy Nuclear Physics, Beijing Normal University, China. His research field covers preparation nanowires, thin films and materials modification with the aid of ion beams. In the NanoEngineering Group, he worked on heat transfer enhancement in nanofluids systems and nanowire measurement.
From June 2006 to December 2006, Professor Dongsheng Zhu is a senior visiting scholar from the School of Chemical & Energy Engineering at the South China University of Technology (Guangzhou. P.R.China), working on nanofluids heat transfer enhancement and Saving Energy.