Welcome to Nano Energy Research Laboratory

The Nano Energy Research Laboratory (NERL) is devoted to fundamentally understanding energy and mass transport phenomena at the micro/nanoscale for advanced energy conversion and biomedical applications. Current research activities in the laboratory are mainly in three research directions: Thermoelectrics, Thermal Management, and Micro/nanofluidics. For thermoelectric research, we mainly focus on development of efficient nanostructured thermoelectric materials, fundamental understanding of phonon and electron transport in nanostructured materials, and fabrication of thermoelectric devices for waste heat harvesting. In the area of thermal management, we will explore the boiling heat transfer limits with microstructured surfaces and also develop novel thermal interface materials with low thermal resistance.  As for micro/nanofluidic research, we aim to develop novel micro/nanofluidic devices for biomedical applications.