Welcome to the Micro and Nanoscale Energy Laboratory!
The Micro and Nanoscale Energy Laboratory emphasizes the study of small-scale thermal transport phenomena, van der Waals/Casimir interactions, thermal, optical, electromagnetic, and mechanical properties of nanostructured (meta-)materials, and their engineering applications in energy conversion and harvesting systems, thermophotovoltaic cells, highly thermal conductive nanoparticle-nanofiber composites, wavelength selective thermal emitters/absorbers, and nanoscale biosensing devices for real-time monitoring harmful algal blooms and early detection of cancer biomarkers.
Prof. Zheng has a background in micro/nanoscale thermal science and engineering. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 2014 and 2011, and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009.
As a principal investigator, Prof. Zheng has been awarded NSF RI EPSCoR Research Grant, NIH RI-INBRE Early Career Development Award, NIH RI-INBRE Pilot Research Development Award, Rhode Island Foundation Research Fund, RI-STAC Collaborative Research Grant, COBRE CCRD Junior Investigator Support Program Award, and URI Council for Research Grant. Dr. Zheng also received research funding from Champlin Foundations, Amazon, Modular Thermal Technologies, LLC (North Kingstown, RI, USA), Life Wear Technologies, LLC (Pompano Beach, FL, USA), and Nanjing Canatal Air-Condition Electromechanical Co., Ltd. (Nanjing, China). Prof. Zheng serves as reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Scientific Reports, Nano Letters, and serves as topic/session chair at conferences, such as 2013-2018 ASME IMECE Conference, ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, and ASTFE Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference.
Acknowledgments of Federal, State, and Industrial Research Funding Support