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Distinguished Seminar - Introduction to MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering And Using Nanostructures to Tailor Thermal Radiation by Prof. Gang Chen
日期:2017 年 01 月 09 日 ( 星期一)
Time:10:30 am – 12:00 pm


The first part of this talk will introduce some ongoing research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Our research is broad and highly interdisciplinary, geared towards solving grand challenges we face today and in the future. Selected examples will be given, together with some innovative educational effort in the department. The rest of the talk will shift to some of our recent work on using nanostructures to tailor thermal radiation with applications from solar and thermal energy to electrical energy conversion including photovoltaics and concentrated solar thermal power, clean water, and energy saving fabrics. The talk will end with a discussion of the entropy of light and how we exploit the understanding to design better thermal-to-electrical energy converters.


Gang Chen is currently the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the director of the "Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC Center)" - an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. He obtained his PhD degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley. He was a faculty member at Duke University and UCLA, before joining MIT in 2001. He received an NSF Young Investigator Award, an R&D 100 award, an ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, a Nukiyama Memorial Award by the Japan Heat Transfer Society, a World Technology Network Award in Energy, an Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising from MIT. He is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science, APS, ASME, and Guggenheim Foundation. He is an academician of Academia Sinica and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.