Current students:

Sylvester Makumi

Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering, Fall 2022–current

M.S. in Physics from the Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

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Research: My research is focused on the electro-thermal properties of 2-dimensional materials and 2D heterostructures in which first principles methods are employed, in-plane and cross-plane transport and the effects of Van der Waals interaction.


Aidan Belanger

M.S. student in Materials Science and Engineering, Fall 2022–current

B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors, Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Research: Aidan’s research interests are currently in nanoscale energy harvesting solutions, primarily, thermoelectric materials. He utilizes 3-Omega thermal conductivity measurements and is learning Raman Thermometry to verify computational predictions of material thermal properties.



Muhamed Duhandzic

Ph.D. student  in Materials Science and Engineering January 2022–current

M.S. in Physics, University of Sarajevo

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Research: electronic transport in doped conjugated polymers, carrier-dopant interactions, organic thermoelectrics for energy conversion


Andew Tolton

Junior year of undergrad studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Summer 2022-Current


Research: Electronic transport in doped conjugated polymers in the absence of dopant-induced disorder, and improving power-conversion efficiency of doped organic photovoltaics.



  • NanoEnergy Lab Alumni:

Cameron J. Foss

Ph.D. student 2018-2022, first employment Marvell Semiconductor, Burlington VT

M.S. 2016-2018, Blue Waters Undergrad intern 2014-2015

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Researchfirst principles methods for the calculation of phonon properties, including dispersion and phonon-phonon coupling. Their application to thermal properties of nanomembranes and 2D materials under strain and across material heterointerfaces.

Discoveriesthermal conductivity in Si and Ge nanomembranes is anisotropic and thickness dependent. Cross-plane thermal conductivity is highly sensitive to strain, with compressive (tensile) strain increasing (decreasing) the conductivity across the membrane, while leaving the in-plane direction unchanged, thus boosting anisotropy.

MeenakshiMeenakshi Upadhyaya

Ph.D. student Fall 2014-Spring 2021, first employment Marvell Semiconductor, Burlington VT

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Research: thermal transport in disordered semiconductor alloys, nanocomposites, and organic thermoelectrics.

Discoveriesphonon transport in Si-Ge alloy nanowires is superdiffusive, causing the thermal conductivity to increase with the cube root of the nanowire’s length. Dopant-induced disorder and clustering affect the Seebeck vs. conductivity trade-off in polymer thermoelectrics, limiting their TE conversion efficiency. 

Adithya_KomminiAdithya Kommini

Ph.D. Student Fall 2016-Spring 2021

M.S. 2015-2016


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Researchelectronic transport and thermoelectricity in semiconductor nanostructures using the Wigner formalism.

Discoveriesquantum effects in semiconductor nanostructures can enhance the Seebeck coefficient. Twisted bilayer graphene exhibits high thermoelectric power factors at angles near the so-called “magic” angle.

Peter Pawelski

Undergraduate research, senior honors thesis (2019-2020) and (2020-2021)

XSEDE Empower intern: 

Arnab K. Majee

M.S. 2014-2016, Ph.D. 2016-2020

first employment: postdoct at U. New Mexico and Sandia National Lab, currently at Intel Corp.


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Research: thermal and electronic transport in 2D materials, including graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) such as MoS2.

Discoveriesthermal conductivity in graphene nanoribbons diverges logarithmically with length up to 10 microns in length. Grain boundaries in MoS2 do not contribute significantly to electrical resistance, so polycrystalline MoS2 has nearly the same electrical conductivity as single-crystalline MoS2!

Aliya Qureshi

M.S. student 2018-2020, now at GlobalFoundries

Researchthermal transport simulation from first principles, Density Functional Theory calculations of phonons and anharmonic phonon-phonon interactions, phonon Boltzmann transport equation

Venkatakrishna Dusetty

M.S. student 2016-2020, now at Intel

Research: thermoelectric properties of group IV alloys containing Sn (Si-Sn, Ge-Sn).

Discoveriesthermoelectric properties of Si-Sn alloys are twice as good as those of Si-Ge owing to the large difference in mass between Si and Sn. This makes Si-Sn alloys an interesing potential candidate for high ZT thermoelectrics.

Akshaya Sandeep Waingade

M. S. student 2017-2019

Researchphonon boundary scattering, nanoscale heat transport, phonon Monte Carlo simulation



Nazanin Khatami

M.S. student 2014-2016

Research: thermal transport in Si-Sn and Ge-Sn alloys

Currently: Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at UMass


Gabriela Correa2016_Rising_Researcher_Gabriela_Calinao_Correa__js_MG_8592_600px

Undergraduate Researcher

Senior Thesis 2015-2016

Rising Researcher Award 2016

Currently DOE/NSF fellow at Cornell University

Haoxian (Justin) Lin

summer REU student, May-Aug. 2017

Research: electronic and vibrational properties of 2-dimensional materials from first principles using Quantum Espresso calculations. Zone unfolding from supercells.