People

Principal Investigator

Austin Minnich

Austin Minnich

Austin Minnich is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at Caltech. He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from UC Berkeley in 2006, followed by an S.M. and Ph.D from MIT's Mechanical Engineering in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He started his faculty appointment in September 2011. He is the recipient of a 2013 NSF CAREER award and 2015 ONR Young Investigator Award.
PDF: Curriculum Vitae
Phone: (626) 395-2142 |
Location: 251 Gates-Thomas Laboratory

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Sonya Lincoln

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (626) 395-3385
Location: 250 Gates-Thomas Laboratory


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Postdoctoral Scholars

Bo Sun

Dr. Bo Sun

Bo is from Shandong, China. His current research focus on measuring thermal conductivity of thin films as a function of phonon mean free paths, employing optical pump-probe techniques such as Transit Grating and TDTR. Bo received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Chemistry, both from Shandong University. He conducted his doctoral research in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, which was on anisotropic thermal transport in thin films with layered structure and with threading dislocations.

Ruiqiang Guo

Dr. Ruiqiang Guo

Ruiqiang is from China. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015. His PhD work focused on ab initio calculations and MD simulations of phonon and electron transport in novel bulk and nanostructured thermoelectric materials. He received his B.S. from Jilin University in 2008 and M.S. in Materials Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2011. His current research focuses on phonon transport in thin films using transient grating.

Nina Shulumba

Dr. Nina Shulumba

Nina is from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Her current research is focused on ab-initio modeling of phonon transport for low thermal conductivity systems, including ordered and disordered structures, in which phonon properties have an explicit temperature dependence. She received her B.S in 2009 and M.S. in 2011 in Theoretical Physics from the Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, and part of her M.S. research was conducted at the Ioffe Institute. She completed her PhD studies at Linköping University in 2015, developing a new method for calculating the temperature dependent vibrational contribution to the free energy of a random alloy that accounts for anharmonicity.

Lina Yang

Dr. Lina Yang

Lina Yang is from China. She received her B.S. in Physics from Lanzhou University, China in 2010 and her Ph.D in Physics from National University of Singapore in 2015. Her current research focuses on simulating thermal transport properties in nanoscale materials.

Xiangwen Chen

Dr. Xiangwen Chen

Xiangwen is from Hunan, China. Xiangwen's current research is in phonon mean free path measurement with asynchronous optical sampling (ASOPS) based ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. He received his B.S. from Zhejiang University, China, 2006; M.S. 2008; and his PhD from Iowa State University, 2011.

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Graduate Students

Yang Gao

Yang Gao

Yang is from Jiangxi, China and received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 2016. He is now a graduate student in Materials Science at Caltech. His current research interest is thermal properties of materials from first principles calculations.

Alex Choi

Alex Choi

Alex is from Storrs, CT. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2016. He is now a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department at Caltech. His current research focuses on the investigation of cell-free approaches to protein synthesis.

Erika Ye

Erika Ye

Erika is from the Bay Area, and studied Chemistry (B.S. 2014) and Electrical Engineering (B.S. 2014, M.Eng 2015) at MIT. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Caltech, and plans to perform research on thermal transport at material interfaces.

Peishi Cheng

Peishi Cheng

Peishi is from Gainesville, Florida and received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida in 2015. He is now a graduate student in Materials Science at Caltech. His research interest is in the thermal properties of polymers.

Zoila Jurado Quiroga

Zoila Jurado Quiroga

Zoila was born in Macas, Ecuador but was raised in Naugatuck, Connecticut. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2015 and is now a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech.

Junlong Kou

Junlong Kou

Junlong Kou is from Jiangsu, China. He received B.S. and M.E. from Nanjing University, and he started his PhD program in electrical engineering at Caltech in 2013. Junlong's current research is on controlled thermal radiation through nano-structure design.

Taeyong Kim

Taeyong Kim

Taeyong is from Seoul, South Korea. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2013. Since 2014, he has been pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Caltech. His research interests include engineering thermal radiation for energy applications.

Jaeyun Moon

Jaeyun Moon

Jaeyun is from South Korea. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014 and is now a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech. He investigates the thermal transport phenomena in amorphous materials.

Nate Thomas

Nate Thomas

Nate grew up in Louisville, KY and received his B.A. in Physics from Amherst College in 2013. He is now a graduate student in Materials Science at Caltech, where he is studying spectrally selective absorbers for solar photothermal energy conversion.

Nic

Nicholas G. Dou

Nick is from South Brunswick, NJ. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from MIT in 2012 and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech. Nick's research investigates the thermal properties of nanotrusses using both experimental measurements and computational simulations.

Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins

Andrew is from Hillsborough, NJ and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 2013. Now he is a graduate student in Material Science at Caltech. Andrew currently studies thermal properties of polymer films using Transient Grating and Atomistic Simulations.


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Alumni

Benoit Latour

Dr. Benoit Latour

Dr. Benoit Latour worked as a post-doc in the Minnich group and is currently working for Goodyear in France

Navaneetha Krishnan Ravichandran

Dr. Navaneetha Krishnan Ravichandran

Navaneeth completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and is working as a post-doc for Professor David Broido at Boston College.

Chengyun Hua

Dr. Chengyun Hua

Chengyun received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and will be working as the Diane Russell Postdoctoral Scholar at Oakridge National Lab.

Ding Ding

Dr. Ding Ding

Ding completed his PhD in Applied Physics in 2016 and is as a post-doc for Professor Baowen Li at CU Boulder.

Hang Zhang

Dr. Hang Zhang

Hang Zhang worked as a post-doc in the Minnich group and is currently on the faculty at the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China.