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Office: 246 Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2012-2014, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. 2011, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.E. 2007, Mechanical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China
B.S. 2004, Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong Univeristy, Xi'an, China
Dr. Wang's research interest focuses on energy transport and conversion at small length- and time-scales, specifically, fundamental investigations of thermal transport at the micro- and nano-scale for a number of applications. These include engineered materials for thermal and electrical energy conversion, namely photovoltaics, solar energy utilization, semiconductor thermal processing, and thermoelectric devices. Current research projects are mainly twofold: (1) utilizing ultrafast laser spectroscopy to investigate thermal transport properties of materials and interfaces, and (2) exploring material radiative properties and the optical response of micro/nano-engineered structures when they interact with light, which provides insight for designing such structures for better control of spectral, directional, and polarization selectivities.
We find a multidisciplinary approach particularly useful in studying micro/nanoscale thermal transport, given the complexity of interacting heat carriers combined with the exotic physics of nanostructures. In the Wang lab, various characterization instruments will be employed including a time domain thermoreflectance system based on the pump-probe technique, an integrating sphere/double monochromator, and a home-built optical scatterometer.