MAE Seminar: Controlling Thermal Emission and Light Absorption for Energy Applications

Date/Time

03/12/2019
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
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303 MAE-A
939 Sweetwater Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-6250

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Controlling Thermal Emission and Light
Absorption for Energy Applications

Wei Li
Postdoctoral Fellow
Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory
Stanford University

Abstract
Thermal emission and light absorption are the fundamental properties that govern a wide range of radiative heat and energy transfer processes and applications, ranging from photovoltaics, solar thermal conversion, thermophotovoltaics, and radiative cooling. The ability to control thermal emission and light absorption therefore plays a fundamentally important role for a wide range of energy applications. In this talk, I will discuss how we can use engineered nanostructures to control thermal emission and light absorption properties that are drastically different from conventional approaches, as well as associate thermal and energy applications including radiative cooling and thermal management, hot carrier photoelectrical energy conversion, and photothermal heat generation.

Biography
Dr. Wei Li is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory at Stanford University, working with Prof. Shanhui Fan. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, under the supervision of Prof. Jason Valentine. His research interests include thermal radiation and radiative heat transfer, solar and thermal energy harvesting, nanophotonics, and nano-manufacturing.

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