Our lab was founded within the CMU Mechanical Engineering Department by Prof. Sheng Shen. We are a highly interdisciplinary research group with a broad range of expertise in thermal and optical measurements, material synthesis, device fabrication, and theoretical modelling. Our research focuses on nanophotonics, nanoscale energy transport and conversion, nanofabrication and advanced manufacturing, and their applications in light sources and devices, infrared sensing and detection, thermal management, thermal emission control, solar or thermal energy conversion, and others. We are grateful for sponsorship, past and present, from ARL, DARPA, DOE, DTRA, NASA, NSF, and ONR. 


Recent Publications

R. Shrestha, Y. Luan, X. Luo, S. Shin, T. Zhang, P. Smith, W. Gong, M. Bockstaller, T. Luo, R. Chen, K. Hippalgaonkar, S. Shen, Dual-mode solid-state thermal rectification, Nature Communications, 11, 1-7, 2020. 

Lab News

Nov. 2020:  Our lab received a DURIP award from ONR.

J. Li, B. Yu, S. Shen, Scale Law of Far-Field Thermal Radiation from Plasmonic Metasurfaces, Physical Review Letters 124, 137401, 2020.

Sept. 2020: Jiayu and Phil successfully defended their PhD theses. Wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

R. Shrestha, B. Yu, Q. Yang, W. Gong, S. Shen, Hierarchical Micro-Nanostructured Surfaces for Isotropic/Anisotropic Liquid Transport, Langmuir 36, 1569-1573, 2020.

Aug. 2020: Our recent work on dual-mode solid-state thermal rectification was published in Nature Communications. 

Jul. 2020: Prof. Shen was officially promoted to Full Professor with tenure.

Mar. 2020: Our recent work on thermal emission from plasmonic metasurfaces was published in Physical Review Letter.

Dec. 2019: Our work on solid-state thermal regulators was published in Science Advances.