Thermal Energy Group

We are a science-to-systems lab conducting research in manipulating matter at nanoscale dimensions for novel applications in a multitude of thermal, solar, and electrochemical energy devices and systems. We combine theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques to understand energy conversion, storage, and transport.

Drew Lilley and Ravi Prasher have developed a new thermodynamic cycle, the ionocaloric refrigeration cycle! This cycle uses differing ion concentrations in materials to induce phase change, enabling cooling without the use of harmful refrigerants. This new concept has lots of potential, and we're excited to see where it goes! This technology was novel enough to warrant a Science paper, and you can read more here.
Ravi recently announced that he has accepted the CTO position at Bloom Energy, and that he will be switching jobs at the end of the month. He took the whole group out to Cornerstone for a chance to get everybody together before he leaves. We had a great time, and the food and drinks were fantastic, and we wish Ravi the best in his new position! Thanks for all that you've done for all of us!
Today, our group had a brunch get-together to say goodbye to Qiye Zheng, who's been a very important member of our group for 3 years. During his time here, Qiye has performed groundbreaking research in thermal metrology, and worked with and mentored lots of researchers and students. He is leaving to be a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. We'll miss you Qiye, and best of luck in your future endeavors!