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 and mechanical properties of nanostructured (meta-)materials, and their engineering applications in energy conversion and harvesting systems, thermophotovoltaic solar cell, 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 lung cancer biomarkers.
Prof. Yi 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.
Prof. Zheng serves as reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Scientific Reports, Nano Letters, and serves as topic/session chair at conferences, such as 2013-2017 ASME IMECE Conference and ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. As a principal investigator, Dr. Zheng has been awarded NIH RI-INBRE Pilot Research Development Award, RI-STAC Collaborative Research Grant, COBRE CCRD Young Investigator 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).
Acknowledgements of Federal, State, and Industrial Research Funding Support