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Awards and Honors

>> (03/27/2019) Our group receives the DoD DURIP Award for acquiring a vacuum STM/AFM for studying near-field radiation and spectroscopy!

>> (02/01/2019) Dr. Jui-Yung Chang starts his faculty position as an assistant professor at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan

>> (09/01/2018) Dr. Hassan Alshehri starts his faculty position as an assistant professor at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia

>> (07/12/2018) Ms. Sydney Taylor wins 1st Place in Student Poster Competition at 48th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES)

>> (04/13/2018) Dr. Jui-Yung Chang receives prestigious ASU MAE Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award

>> (02/01/2017) Dr. Yue Yang starts his faculty position as an assistant professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School in China

>> (11/09/2016) Dr. Yue Yang receives prestigious ASU FSE Dean’s Dissertation Award

>> (10/11/2016) Prof. Wang receives prestigious AFOSR YIP Award

>> (06/09/2016) Prof. Wang receives prestigious JQSRT/Elsevier Viskanta Young Scientist Award

>> (04/18/2016) Ms. Sydney Taylor receives prestigious NASA NSTRF Fellowship

>> (04/14/2016) Dr. Hao Wang receives prestigious SEMTE Outstanding Dissertation Award

>> (05/10/2015) Joseph Hanson receives prestigious ASU Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award

>> (01/16/2015) Prof. Wang receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

>> (05/01/2013) Prof. Wang receives ASU Top 5% Engineering Faculty Teaching Award

We are an interdisciplinary research team devoted to renewable energy sources—in particular, solar energy. By engineering materials at micro/nanoscale dimensions comparable or smaller than the wavelength of light, we aim to employ the physics that we understand to improve the conversion efficiency for solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and solar thermophotovoltaic energy-harvesting applications.

We primarily investigate the resonance behaviors that a nano-engineered material (or meta-materials) responses to the external electromagnetic waves at visible, near-infrared and mid-infrared regime. By utilizing these resonance phenomena such as wave interference, surface plasmon polariton and magnetic polariton, spectral and/or directional control of thermal radiation can be realized to construct efficient selective emitter/absorbers, which is beneficial to enhance the performance in solar-thermal and thermophotovoltaic energy systems. Plasmonics can be also used to scatter or trap more light in Si thin-film or nanowire solar cells, which could lead to higher electricity generation.

Besides exploring 3-D complex meta-materials for selective control of thermal emission/absorption, another main research focus in our group is understanding near-field radiative heat transfer between meta-materials with nanometer distances, which will result in not only high heat transfer rate exceeding blackbody limit but also higher conversion efficiency with spectral control of near-field thermal radiation.

We are greatly grateful to our funding sponsors: