• Hua Bao
    Associate Professor, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    General introduction: 

    Our heat conduction research focuses on thermal transport properties in bulk and nano materials and across material interfaces by numerical simulation and experiments. 
    Our thermal radiation research aims at the spectral and directional control of thermal radiative transport by structure and material design.
    Our energy conversion research is targeting at enhanced energy conversion efficiency in renewable energy system by innovative design and new materials, especially for systems related to solar energy. 



  • Hong Zhu
    Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UM-SJTU Joint Institute

    Our lab focus on the development and application of cutting-edge computational and data-driven tools to better understand, design and discover advanced materials. Our research interests include:

    Combining computational materials science, solid state physics, thermodynamics and chemistry to understand fundamental and critical materials problems in high-impact applications.

    Applying high-throughput materials simulations, data-mining and experiment to speed up new materials development.

    Developing new algorithm or tools for materials simulations.

    Our research fields involve energy materials (all-solid-state lithium ion batteries, layered thermoelectric materials and perovskite solar cells) and structural materials (Mg alloy).


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  • Qianli Chen
    Dr. Qianli Chen’s research focuses on the charge carrier transport, including ion transport and electron transport, which are essential process that governs the performance of energy devices. We are interested in understanding the fundamental correlations between materials structure, and the electronic and ionic transport properties. The research topics includes the ion transport in the solid electrolyte for fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, and the electrical potential distribution in emerging solar cells. We have discovered that the activation energy for ion transport can be tuned by mechanical strain. To understand the charge carrier transport mechanisms, we develop and use complementary in-situ experimental techniques, including the combination of conventional electrical and electrochemical characterization of materials with scanning probe microscopies, X-ray, neutron scattering and vibrational spectroscopies. The new knowledge obtained from these unique methods paves the way for rational design and engineering of novel materials for low cost-high efficiency devices, which leads to better utilization of renewable energy sources for a sustainable energy economy and a safe, clean environment.


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