Welcome To The Multiscale Energy Transport, Conversion, and Storage (MEX) Lab
Our research is to push the frontiers of thermal energy transport, conversion, and storage in complex systems to extremes. Specifically, we target materials properties for ultra-high temperatures (1000-3000 °C), ultra-low temperatures (-270 °C), ultra-high thermal conductivity (2000 W/mK), ultra-low thermal conductivity (<0.01 W/mK), ultra-high power density, and ultra-fast energy transfer rate, from the atomic level to human scale. We aim to solve the long-standing challenges in ultra-high-temperature thermal barrier coatings, thermal protections of hypersonic vehicles, nuclear materials, thermal management of electronic devices, thermoelectric energy harvesting, building energy efficiency, lithium-ion batteries, etc. Our research methods include both advanced simulations and experiments, aiming for both fundamental sciences and cutting-edge technologies.