Leader: Thermal Energy Group
Materials Staff Scientist/Engineer
(510) 486-6295

Research Staff

Chemist Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 495-8167

Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral Researcher
(269) 254-2058

Claire Arthurs

Claire Arthurs

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Claire Arthurs is a fourth-year graduate student researcher in the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on probing and characterizing the mechanical response of polymer-electrolyte membranes for hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers, particularly in compression. Currently, she is working on compression-creep studies of PFSA membranes in a controlled environment and modeling membrane-electrode assemblies to simulate operational stresses in energy systems. Claire is co-advised by Dr. Ahmet Kusoglu in the Energy Conversion Group at LBL and Dr. Ravi Prasher in the ME department of UC Berkeley.Before joining UC Berkeley, she earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In her free time, Claire enjoys taking care of her plants, doing yoga, and surfing.

Divya ChalisePaige Beck

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Paige is a 1st-year Ph.D. student in the mechanical engineering department at UC Berkeley. Her current work focuses on the integration of carbon-capture technology with a carbon dioxide methanation process and the development of electrocaloric cooling materials. Her research interests include energy storage and decarbonization.

Mingxin JiaSarah Chen

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Sarah is a 1st year PhD student currently working on a thermal switch project. She has previously worked on modeling absorption refrigeration and ML models for condensation heat transfer in her undergrad at Georgia Tech. 


Mingxin JiaMingxin Jia

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Mingxin’s current research in the thermal energy group mainly focuses on developing clean and energy-efficient desalination technologies and processes. The areas of particular interest include solar thermal forward osmosis using thermally responsive ionic liquid draw solutions and solute displacement fractional precipitation separation based on miscible organic solvents. With rising global freshwater demand and increasing water stress, these research developments may have applications in providing more reliable water sources through lowering the specific energy consumption of desalination and reducing high-salinity brine discharge.

Alondra PerezAlondra Perez

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Alondra is a 4th-year Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering student at the University of California, Berkeley working on condensation phase change. She is currently working on creating a lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) to simulate the initial nucleation and growth of droplets to understand the physics of thermal transport of re-entrant superhydrophobic coatings to guide the future design of surfaces.

Nathaniel WegerLogan Vawter

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Logan Vawter is a 1st-year graduate student researcher in the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley.  His research work is focused on thermochemical energy storage.


Yun (Zoe) Yang

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Yun Chi, also going by Zoe, is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley. Zoey is co-advised by the Thermal Energy Group and Nano/Energy Lab. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2023. At Purdue, she worked on modeling air water harvesting least work advised by Prof. Warsinger, and boiling with special surface treatment co-advised by Prof. Marconnet and Prof. Weibel. Currently, she is working on the thermal switch and phase change material with the goal to improve energy storage system of buildings.

Buyi ZhangBuyi Zhang

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Buyi is working on thermal management during the battery manufacturing process and cycling/fast charge. He is interested in battery modeling and the drying process in the roll-to-roll manufacturing of batteries and fuel cells.


Undergraduate Interns: 


Sebastian Haney

Kolby Gameros

Daniel Hunter Hawthorne

Faye Liu


Daniel Hunter Hawthorne

Jia Mingxin

Clément Messeri

Hanxiang Wu

Rushabh Sailendra Shah

Yuan Zhu


Joseph Benedetti

Ethan Lee

Clément Messeri

Rushabh Shah


High School Interns:


Sammy Ali

Miranda Liu

Ojas Rokade


Aansh Devpura

Tavleen Kaur

Jessica Liu

Rupal Nimaiyar

Shreya Revanur


Justin P. Freedman, Staff Product Engineer at Lam Research (LinkedIn)

Jonathan Lau, Battery Scientist at QuantumScape (LinkedIn)

Fuduo Ma, Materials Scientist at Avery Dennison (LinkedIn)

Dalia Martinez Escobar, Junior Research Specialist at University of California, Merced (LinkedIn)

Mauricio Solis de La Fuente, R&D Specialist at Universitat Jaume I, Spain (LinkedIn)

Hao Wang, Data Scientist at Swish Analytics (LinkedIn)

Peiyuan Yu, Assistant Professor at SUSTech, China (ResearchGate)

Bei Fan, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University (LinkedIn)

Zhi Huang, Assistant Professor at Wuhan University, China (ResearchGate)

Mahmoud Elzouka, Packaging Thermal Engineer at Intel Corporation (LinkedIn)

Akanksha Menon, Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech (LinkedIn)

Lin Yang, Assistant Professor at Peking University, China (LinkedIn)

Qiye Zheng, Assistant Professor at HKUST, China (LinkedIn)


Graduate Students:



Charles Geffroy, Sales Engineer at Tesla (LinkedIn)

Iwan Hächler, Doctoral Student at ETH Zürich (LinkedIn)