Current Visitors and Postdocs

Xiaopeng Huang

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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. Currently he focuses on the scale-up of high thermally conductive polymers.

James Loomis

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James Loomis is a Postdoctoral Associate in the NanoEngineering Group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2013. His Ph.D. work focused on characterization and applications of photomechanical actuation in nanocarbon/elastomer composites. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan and Old Dominion University respectively. His research interests include nanoscale heat transfer in composites and applications towards soft actuators and micro/nanopositioning. Currently he is focused on the scale-up and automation of manufacturing processes for large-area polymer sheets with tunable thermally conductivity.

Yanfei Xu

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Yanfei is 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.

Yuan Yang

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Yuan Yang received his B.S. in physics at Peking University in 2007. He got his Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford University in 2012. Yuan is currently a postdoc in the NanoEngineering Group. He is interested in energy conversion from heat to electricity and heat transfer in nanoscale.

Past Visitors and Postdocs

John Cuffe

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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.

Yongjie Hu

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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 an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Hadi Ghasemi

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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 part of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Houston.

Nenad Miljkovic

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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.

Xiaobo Li

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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.

Bo Qiu

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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.

Cheng-Te Lin

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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.

Selçuk Yerci

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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.

Maha Khayyat

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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).

Amy Marconnet

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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.

Yuan Dong

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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.

Nagarajan Thoppey

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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.

Lei Ma

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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.

Kazuki Ihara

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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.

Zhichun Liu

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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.

Mona Zebarjadi

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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.

Anastassios Mavrokefalos

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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.

Brian Burg

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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.

Sang Eon Han

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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.

Mengyun Zhang

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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.

Amador Guzman

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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.

Tengfei Luo

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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.

Nitin Shukla

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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

Weitao Dai

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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.

Shuo Chen

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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.

Tony Feng

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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 has recently been appointed as an assistant professor at Hong Kong University. He works on electrochemical nanoengineering to solve the interface contact problem in thermoelectric devices and supercapacitors.

Stephan Kress

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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.

Junichiro Shiomi

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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.

Bhaskaran Muralidharan

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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.

Jae Sik Jin

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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.

Nuo Yang

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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.

Yann Chalopin

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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.

Yiqun Zhang

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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.

Christine Junior

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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.

Ruiting Zheng

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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.

Huanxin Chen

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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.

Jinwei Gao

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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.

Aaron Schmidt

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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 will be joining the faculty at Boston University after a collaboration with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) in Abu Dhabi and a post-doc at the University of Michigan.

Matteo Chiesa

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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.

Shinichiro Nakamura

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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.

Daryoosh Vashaee

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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).

Yong Tae Kang

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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.

Dongsheng Zhu

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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.

Masayuki Takashiri

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.

Ming-Shan Jeng

Ming-Shan Jeng was a visiting scholar from the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan. He worked on Monte Carlo simulations of nanocomposites.

Jinbo Wang

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.

De-Kui Qing

De-Kui Qing was a postdoctoral researcher, studying electromagnetic metamaterials and the optical properties of nanostructures.

Sebastian Volz

Sebastian Volz was a postdoctoral researcher from France. His research was on molecular dynamics simulations of the thermal conductivity of silicon crystal.

Koji Miyazaki

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.

Alexandre Jacquot

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.