Nanoscale Thermal Radiation Laboratory



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Dr. Zhuomin Zhang, Professor

George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: (404) 385-4225; Fax: (404) 894-8496



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Visiting Scholars

Currently None.


Current Graduate Students


 Eric J. Tervo, Ph.D. Student


  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Topics

Also with NanoEngineered Systems and Transport Lab


Peiyan Yang, Ph.D. Student


  • B.S. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

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Elham Bagherisereshki, Ph.D. Student


  • B.S. Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

  • M.S. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR



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Dudong "Frank" Feng, Ph.D. student


  • B.S. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA



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Chuyang Chen, Ph.D. student


  • B.S. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Xiaohu Wu, Visiting Ph.D. student


  • B.S. China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing

Ph.D. student, Peking University

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Undergraduate Students


Yiyang Zhou, B.S. Student


  • Undergraduate Research Assitant

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Former Students / Lab Alumni    

Ph.D. Degree (date of graduation & title of thesis)

(1)    A. Ravi Kumar (Dec. 1999; Far-Infrared Radiative Properties of YBa2Cu3O7-? Films on Si Substrates).

(2)    Donghai Chen (May 2001; Thermal Modeling and Analysis of 193 nm Pulsed Excimer Laser Calorimeters).

(3)    Yihui Zhou (May 2002; Radiative Modeling in Rapid Thermal Processing for Accurate Wafer Temperature Measurement).

(4)    Yu-Jiun Shen (Dec. 2002; Investigation of Bidirectional Reflectance and Transmittance of Rough Silicon Wafers). Current Position: Manager, R&D Center, Epistar Corp., Hsinchu, Taiwan.

(5)    Qunzhi Zhu (July 2004; Modeling and Measurements of the Bidirectional Reflectance of Microrough Silicon Surfaces). Current Position: Professor, College of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China.

(6)    Ceji Fu (Nov. 2004; Radiative Properties of Emerging Materials and Radiation Heat Transfer at the Nanoscale). Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University, Beijing, China.

(7)    Hyunjin Lee (July 2006; Radiative Properties of Silicon Wafers with Microroughness and Thin-Film Coatings). Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea.

(8)    Keunhan Park (May 2007; Thermal Characterization of Heated Microcantilevers and a Study on Near-Field Radiation). Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

(9)    Yu-bin Chen (May 2007; Rigorous Modeling of the Radiative Properties of Micro/Nanostructures and Comparisons with Measurements of Fabricated Gratings and Slit Arrays). Current Position: Professor, Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

(10)  Bong Jae Lee (Dec. 2007; Fabrication and Analysis of Multilayer Structures for Coherent Thermal Emission). Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea.

(11)  Soumyadipta Basu (Dec. 2009; Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer at Nanometer Distances). Current Position: Process TD Engineer, Intel Corp., Chandler, AZ.

(12)  Xiaojia Wang (Dec. 2011; Study of the Radiative Properties of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Silver Nanorods). Current Position, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.

(13)  Liping Wang (Dec. 2011; Role of Magnetic Resonance and Wave Interference in Tailoring the Radiative Properties of Micro/Nanostructures). Current Position, Assistant Professor, School for Energineering of Matter, Transport & Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

(14) Andrew NcNamara (Dec. 2013; Characterization and Measurements of Next Generation Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Based Thermal Interface Materials). Current Position: Senior Product Development Engineer, Thermal Mechanical Packaging Engineering Group (TMPE), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Austin, TX.

(15) Trevor J. Bright (Dec. 2013; Infrared properties of Dielectric Thin Films and Near-Field Radiation for Energy Conversion). Current Position: Thermal Analysis Engineer, Fluid Mechanics Department, the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA.

(16) Richard Z. Zhang (Dec. 2015; Investigating the Far- and Near-Field Thermal Radiation in Carbon-Based Nanomaterials). Current Position: Member of the Technical Staff, Spacecraft Thermal Department, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA.

(17) Jesse I. Watjen (May 2016; Study of Radiative Properties of Thin Films and Near-Field Radiation for Thermophotovoltaic Applications)

(18) Xianglei Liu (May 2016; Tailoring Thermal Radiative Properties and Enhancing Near-Field Radiative Heat Flux with Electromagnetic Metamaterials). Current Position: Professor, College of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China.

(19) Bo Zhao (Dec. 2016; Thermal Radiative Properties of Micro/Nanostructured Plasmonic Metamaterials Including Two-Dimensional Materials). Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Stanford University.

M.S. Degree (date of graduation & title of thesis)

(1)    Brian C. Johnson (December 1997; Heat Transfer Analysis and Modeling of a Cryogenic Laser Radiometer)

(2)    Dave Pearson (August 1998; Thermal Analysis and Modeling for Future Development of Cryogenic Radiometers)

(3)    C. Alan Canfield (May 1999; Effects of Diesel-Water Emulsion Combustion on Diesel Engine NOx Emissions)

(4)    Ferdinand Rosa (May 1999; Modeling the Radiation Environment in the Lower Chamber of Rapid Thermal Processing Furnaces)

(5)    Yu-Jiun Shen (May 1999; Thermal Modeling and Analysis of Absolute Radiometers Designed for Solar Irradiance Measurements)

(6)    Jorge L. Garcia (May 2002; Radiative Property Measurements for Rapid Thermal Processing)

(7)    Linxia Gu (August 2002; Thermal and Stress Analysis During Rapid Thermal Processing)

(8)    Vinh Khuu (May 2004; Spectral Radiative Properties of Thin Films with Rough Surfaces Studied with Fourier-Transform Spectrometry)

(9)    Qinghe Li (May 2008; Light Scattering of Semitransparent Media). Current Position: Senior Engineer, Cummins Fuel Systems, Cummins Inc., Columbus, IN.

(10)  Trevor J. Bright (August 2009; Non-Fourier Equations in Solids Analyzed from Phonon Statistics). Continued for Ph.D. study at Georgia Tech.

(11)  Ahmad Haider (August 2011; Application of Rigorous Coupled-Wave Theory for Studying Radiative Properties of Micro/Nanostructures and Silver Nanorods on Gratings)


(1)    Kristopher Stryker, Highest Honors Thesis, Spring 1997

(2)    Phillip Behling, Independent Study, Spring 1998

(3)    Adam J. Suydam, Highest Honors Project, Spring 1999

(4)    James Miller, Higher Honors Thesis, Summer 2001

(5)    Sunny Sin, Highest Honors Thesis, Summer 2001 and Fall 2001

(6)    Amanda Bryson, Fall 2005-Fall 2006

(7)    Shawn Shields, Spring 2007

(8)    Orion Andrew King, Spring 2007

(9)    Justin Chow, Fall 2008

(10) Chuyang Chen, Summer 2016


Visiting Scholars

      (1) Yue Liu, 2008

      (2) Hong Ye, 2011-2012, University of Science and Technology of China

      (3) Yong Shuai, Harbin Institute of Technology

      (4) Atsushi Sakurai, 2013-2014, NiigataUniversity

      (5) Junming Zhao, 2013-2014, Harbin Institute of Technology

      (6) Qiang Cheng, 2014-2015, Huangzhong University of Science and Technology


Visiting Ph.D. Students

    (1) Han Wang, 2011-2012, Harbin Institute of Technology (currently Nanjing Tech University)

    (2) Zhaolong Wang, 2016-2017, Zhanghai Jiao Tong University


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