Research Group Members

Principal Investigator 

Prof. Li Shi

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Xi Chen:
Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. JaeHyun Kim:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Mir Mohammad Sadeghi:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student Researchers

David Choi:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles;
Recipient of UT Graduate School Fellowship and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Gabriella Coloyan:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Evan Fleming:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Qianru Jia:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Hwijong Lee:
M.S. & B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Yongsei University;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Devika Mehta:
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Kevin Olsson:
Ph.D. candidate in Physics;
co-advised by Profs. Elaine Li and Li Shi
Eric Ou:
M.S. & B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
Recipient of UT Graduate School Fellowship and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Brandon Smith:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Sean Sullivan:
M.S. & B.S. in Materials Science&Engineering, Purdue University;
Recipient of UT Graduate School Fellowship and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship;
co-advised by Profs. Li Shi and Jianshi Zhou
Yuanyuan Zhou:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; 
B.E. in Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship

Visitors

Yangyu Guo:
Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

Past Ph.D. and Ph.D.&M.S. Students

Choongho Yu:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2004;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Nanomaterials Characterization and Bio-chemical Sensing using Microfabricated Devices;
Recipient of Continuing University Fellowship;
Post-doc fellow, Berkeley, 2004-2007;
Currently Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station
Jianhua Zhou:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2005;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport Measurements of One-Dimensional Nanostructures;
Currently at Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, CA
Sanjoy Saha:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2007;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Theoretical Study of Thermal Transport at Nano Constrictions and Nanowires with Sawtooth Surface Roughness;
Recipient of David Bruton, Jr. Graduate Fellowship; 
Currently at Intel, Inc., Oregon
Luz Cristal Glangchai:
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2008;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Nanoimprint Lithography Based Fabrication of Size and Shape-Specific, Enzymatically-Triggered Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications;
Recipient of NSF IGERT Traineeship; co-advised by Profs. Krishendu Roy and Li Shi;
Currently Founder/CEO, VentureLab & IC² Director, Texas Entrepreneur Exchange, University of Texas at Austin
Anastassios Mavrokefalos:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2008;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Thermoelectric and Structural Characterization of Individual Nanowires and Patterned Thin Films;
M.S. & B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
M.S. Thesis: Nano-patterning and Transport Measurements of Nanowire Structures for Interconnect and Thermoelectric Applications;
Recipient of Fulbright Fellowship and David Bruton, Jr. Graduate Fellowship;
Post-doc fellow, MIT, 2009-2012;
Currently Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston
Feng Zhou:
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2009;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Thermoelectric Transport in Semiconducting Nanowires;
M.S. in Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; B.S. in Physics, Jilin University;
Recipient of David Bruton, Jr. Graduate Fellowship;
Currently at Microchip Technology Inc, San Jose,CA
Jae Hun Seol:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2009;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Thermal and Thermoelectric Measurements of Silicon Nanoconstrictions, Supported Graphene, and Indium Antimonide Nanowires;
M.S.& B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University;
Recipient of David Bruton, Jr. Graduate School Fellowship.
Post-doc fellow, Berkeley, 2010-2012;
Currently Assistant Professor, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Mary Caldorera-Moore:
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2010;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Development and Optimization of Shape Specific, Stimuli-Responsive Drug Delivery Nanocarriers Using Step and Flash Imprint Lithography;
co-advised by Profs. Krishendu Roy and Li Shi;
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University;
Recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship;
Post-doc fellow at UT Austin, June 2010-August 2013;
Currently Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
Arden L. Moore:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2010;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport in Nanostructures;
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin;
M.S. Thesis: Synthesis and Thermoelectric Characterization of Individual Nanowires;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University;
Recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship;
Post-doc fellow at UT Austin, June 2010-August 2011;
Thermal Advisory Engineer, IBM, September 2011-August 2013;
Currently Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
Michael T. Pettes:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2011;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Experimental Investigations of Thermal Transport in Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Nanoscale Point Contacts;
M.S. Thesis: Thermal Transport in Individual Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes;
B.S., Duke University;
Recipient of Harrington Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship, and NSF CAREER award;
Post-doc fellow, UT Austin, June 2011-August 2013;
Currently Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
Chad Baker:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2012;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Simulation, Design, and Experimental Characterization of Catalytic and Thermoelectric Systems for Removing Emissions and Recovering Waste Energy from Engine Exhaust;
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2009;
M.S. Thesis: Vapor Transport Techniques for Growing Macroscopically Uniform Zinc Oxide Nanowires;
co-advised by Profs. Mathew J. Hall and Li Shi;
Currently at Ford
Insun Jo:
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, December 2012;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Experimental Investigation of Thermal Transport in Graphene and Hexagonal Boron Nitride;
Co-advised by Profs. Zhen Yao and Li Shi;
Post-doc fellow, UT Austin, January 2013 -August 2013;
Post-doc fellow, Princeton University, September 2013 - April 2017;
Currently at Intel, Portland
Xi Chen:
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2014;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of Higher Manganese Silicides for Waste Heat Recovery;Co-advised by Profs. Li Shi and JIanshi Zhou;
Currently Post-doc fellow at UT Austin
JaeHyun Kim:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2015;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Four-Probe Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport Measurements of Bismuth Antimony Telluride, Silicon, and Boron Arsenide Nanostructures;
Recipient of Warren A. and Alice L. Meyer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering;
Currently Post-doc fellow, UT Austin
Mir Mohammad Sadeghi:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2015;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Thermal Transport in Graphene;
Recipient of Warren A. and Alice L. Meyer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering
Currently Post-doc fellow, UT Austin
Patrick L. Jurney:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2015;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Nanoparticle Margination, Adhesion, and Uptake in Microflow;
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2011;
M.S. Thesis: The Effect of Particle Size and Shape on Margination and Adhesion Propensity;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland;
Recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship, and David Bruton, Jr. Graduate School Fellowship;
Currently Post-doctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University
Annie Weathers:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May, 2016;
Ph.D. Dissertation: Transport and Coupling of Phonons, Electrons, and Magnons in Complex Materials;
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2012;
M.S. Thesis: Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport in Organic and Inorganic Nanostructures;
B.S. in Physics, New York University;
Recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship, Warren A. and Alice L. Meyer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering, Ben Streetman Junior Award for outstanding research by a graduate student in microelectronics, and 2017 Caltech Young Investigator Lecturer in Engineering and Applied Science;
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Texas at Austin, June 2016-April 2017;
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, May 2017-

Past M.S. Students

Qing Hao:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2004;
M.S. Thesis: Thermal Investigation of Silicon-on-Insulator Devices and Tin Dioxide Nanobelts;
Ph.D. in Mechaicnal Engineering, MIT, 2010;
Currently Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona
Olen Anderson:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2004;
M.S. Thesis: Experimentation and Modeling of Magnetohydrodynamic Pumps
Antonette Cummings:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2005;
M.S. Thesis: Thermal Conductivity of Nylon 11 Nanocomposite Materials;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, August 2003;
Currently at Bell Helicopter
Colin M. Folta:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2005;
M.S. Thesis: Development of a Scanning Thermoelectric Microscope for Profiling the Local Seebeck Coefficient in a Thin-Film Superlattice;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, May 2004
Nathan Malcolm:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2009;
M.S. Thesis: Simulation of a Plasmonic Nanowire Waveguide;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville;
Recipient of Applied Materials Graduate Fellowship and Thrust 2000 Fellowship;
co-advised by Profs. John R. Howell and Li Shi;
Currently at Lockheed Martin, Inc
Evan Fleming:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2013,
M.S. Thesis: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of a Novel Thermal Storage System for Electric Vehicle Climate Conditioning;
co-advised by Profs. Li Shi and Alex da Silva;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship;
Currently Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin
Gabriella Coloyan:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2014;
M.S. Thesis: Basal Plane Thermal Conductivity of Thin Germanane Layers;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University;
Currently Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin
David Choi:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2014;
M.S. Thesis: Nanoparticle Characterization with Nanopore Sensors;
co-advised by Profs. Li Shi and S.V. Sreenivasan;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles;
Recipient of UT Graduate School Fellowship and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship;
Currently Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin
Eric Ou:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2016;
M.S. Thesis: Four-Probe Thermal Measurement of a Carbon Nanotube Sheet;
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2013;
Recipient of UT Graduate School Fellowship and Cockrell School of Engineering Thrust Fellowship
Currently Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin
Yuanyuan Zhou:
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, August 2017
M.S. Thesis: Four-Probe Thermal Measurements of Mesoscale Structures;
B.E. in Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, July 2015;
Recipient of Cockrell School of Engineering Fellowship
Currently Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin

Past Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Yunyu Wang:
Ph.D. in Physics, North Carolina State University;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2004-Spring 2006, co-advised by Profs. P. S. Ho, L. Shi and Z. Yao;
Currently at Applied Materials, Inc.
Dr. Jianlong (Steve) Li:
Ph.D. in Physics, Beijing University;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, August 2005 to October 2006;
Currently Associate Professor, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University
Dr. Huijun Kong:
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Michigan;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin,October 2008 to August 2009;
Currently at CGGVeritas, Houston
Dr. Yong Lee:
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, May 2007-August 2010;
Currently on the faculty of Kyungpook National University
Dr. Daniel Sellan:
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, June 2012-June 2014;
Recipient of NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Scholarship and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship;
Currently McKinsey & Company
Dr. Shaoyi Wen:
Ph.D. in Mechancial Engineering, Purdue University;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, June 2012-April 2015;
Currently at HP, Inc, Houston
Dr. Abhijit Paul:
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Oklahoma State University;
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, June 2012-

Past Visitors

Dr. Dae-Jin Kang:
Visiting Scholar, September 2003 to July 2004.
Currently Associate Professor, Korea Polytechnic University.
Dr. Baozhi Sun:
Visiting Scholar, November 2007 to November 2008.
Currently Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Hideto Ito:
Visiting M.S. Student, Nihon University, Japan, September 2007 to September 2008
Dr. Kedong Bi:
Associate Professor, Southest University, Nanjin, China, October 2011-November 2012
Keivan Davami:
Ph.D. candidate, Pohang University of Science and Technology(POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea. May 2012-August 2012
Dr. Xihong Chen:
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. February 2013-August 2013
Chenguan Fu:
Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University. November 2014-May 2015
Ms. Sarah DiMaria:
Visiting High-School Teacher, Summer 2015;
Geometry Teacher, Manor New Tech High School.
Ms. Kim Collins:
Visiting High-School Teacher, Summer 2016;
Teacher, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Sarah E. Ruch:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors, University of Texas at Austin, May 2006;
Recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for graduate study at Stanford.
Anthony Hayes:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors, University of Texas at Austin, August 2004.
Robert V. Pearsall:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2004.
Carlos Villalobos:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, December 2004.
Katherine P. Carpenter:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008.
Recipient of Intel Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Justin M. Jensen:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2007.
Recipient of Intel Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Katherine Aristizabal:
B.S. in Chemistry, NNIN Summer REU program
Clifton Roozeboom:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008
Edgar Soto:
B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008
Sally McMenamin:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Summer and Fall 2011
Ivan Davydychev:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Summer and Fall 2011
Alberto Salinas:
B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Long Beach, NNIN Summer REU program, Summer 2014
Alex Aviles:
B.S. candidate in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2014
Kevin Chen:
B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2014-2015
Nicholas M. Willems:
B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2015-2016
Rebecca Moore:
B.S. candidate in Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Summer 2016
Andrew Chen:
B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, Summer 2016

David Kristek:

B.S. candidate in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2016
Rodrigo Issac Mesta:
B.S. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, Summer 2017
David Lonstein:
B.S. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University at Albany, Summer 2017

Group Photos

Jae Hun Seol, Dr. Yunyu Wang, Jianhua Zhou, Sanjoy Saha, Prof. Li Shi, Sarah Ruch, Anastassios Mavrokefalos, Toni Cummings, Colin Folta (May 2005)
Michael Pettes, Yunyu Wang, Colin Folta, Prof. Li Shi, Feng Zhou, Dr. Steve Li, Anastassios Mavrokefalos, Sanjoy Saha, Jae Hun Seol, Arden Moore (November 2005)
Dr. Baozhi Sun, Dr. Yong Lee, Hideto Ito, Michael Pettes, Prof. Li Shi, Anastassios Mavrokefalos, Mary Moore, Arden, Moore, Jaehyun Seol, Jae Hun Kim (August 2008)
Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, Sean Sullivan, Dr. Xi Chen, Prof. Li Shi, Dr. Shaoyi Wen, Dr. Abhi Paul, Eric Ou, JaeHyun Kim, Brandon Smith, Annie Weathers, Gabriella Coloyan, Evan Fleming, Pat Jurney (December 2014)
Eric Ou, Dr. Xi Chen, David Choi, Brandon Smith, Sean Sullivan, Dr. Jaehyun Kim, Devika Mehta, Yuanyuan Zhou, Dr. Annie Weathers, Prof. Li Shi (April 2017)
  • ae Hun, Yunyu, Jianhua, Sanjoy, Prof. Shi, Sarah, Anastassios, Toni, Colin. May 2005
  • Michael, Yunyu, Colin, Prof. Shi, Feng, Steve, Anastassios, Sanjoy, Jae Hun, Arden. November 2005
  • Dr. Sun, Dr. Lee, Ito, Michael, Prof. Shi, Anastassios, Mary, Arden, Jaehyun, Jae Hun. August 2008
  • Mir Mohammad, Sean, newly minted Dr. Xi Chen, Prof. Shi, Dr. Wen, Dr. Paul, Eric, JaeHyun, Brandon, Annie, Gabriella, Evan, Pat, December 2014
  • Eric Ou, Dr. Xi Chen, David Choi, Brandon Smith, Sean Sullivan, Dr. Jaehyun Kim, Devika, Yuanyuan Zhou, Dr. Annie Weathers, Prof. Li Shi