Mesoscale Transport and Energy Conversion
Shaping the spectrum of thermal radiation: nanostructures for efficient solar power and buildings


November 2018
Our project on robust and spectrally-selective aerogels has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.

October 2018
Congratulations to Vinod Raman for his selection to attend the Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium at @NCState!

July 2018
ACS Photonics publication, led by Tobias Burger, in collaboration with Stephen Forrest’s group, proposes strategies for enhancing the spectral selectivity of thin-film III-V thermal photovoltaics and evaluates their impact on efficiency.

Recent Physical Review Applied paper was selected as an Editor’s Suggestion. The paper, by Andrej Lenert and colleagues at MIT, Harvard, Purdue, and U-Wisconsin, describes a radiative thermal runaway phenomenon observed due to a VO2 solid phase transition.

June 2018
Journal of Optics publication in a Special issue on new materials for nanophotonics, led by Hannah Kim, proposes a new approach for radiative cooling to low temperatures using infrared-transparent nanoporous materials, and develops a model for evaluating various structures and material compositions.

May 2018
Congratulations to Alex, Sean, and Zach on passing their candidacy exams, and to Hannah and Tobias on passing their preliminary exams!

April 2018
Alex Hill receives an honorary mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program.

March 2018
Congrats to Hannah on co-authoring a publication in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces on transparent aerogels for solar thermal energy conversion.

October 2017
Welcome to the group: Sean, Zach and Alex!

July 2017
Welcome to the group, Silva!

May 2017
Congratulations to Hannah and Tobias on passing the DCE!

May 2017
Welcome to the group, Allison and Brandon!

December 2016
Research on solar thermal photovoltaics selected as one of “The Biggest Clean Energy Advances in 2016”  and one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2017” (see “Hot Solar Cells”) by the MIT Tech Review.

November 2016
Recent publication in Applied Physics Letters describes how to optimally split the solar spectrum between a heat engine and a solar cell.

October 2016
Welcome to the group, Hannah and Tobias!

September 2016
Welcome to the group, Yulei!

May 2016
Recent publication in Nature Energy demonstrates improvements in solar conversion efficiency using a thermal spectral converter.