Ph.D., MIT, 2014 S.M., MIT, 2010 B.S.Eng., University of Iowa, 2008
We study transport at the nanoscale and apply this knowledge to develop tailored materials for system-level improvements in power generation, energy storage, thermal management and desalination. Here are several avenues of our ongoing research efforts: - We focus on solar energy systems that utilize the full spectrum of sunlight and are compatible with inexpensive storage such as thermal and chemical. - We study and develop nanoporous composites with tailored transport properties and control over the spectral content of energy flow for applications in building thermal management. - We probe fundamental transport at the nanoscale by integrating optical and micro-fabricated platforms with environmental and thermal control.
“Temperature dependence of thermopower in molecular junctions”, Y. Kim, A. Lenert, E. Meyhofer, P. Reddy, Applied Physics Letters, 109, p. 033102, 2016.
“Enhanced photovoltaic energy conversion using thermally-based spectral shaping”, D.M. Bierman, A. Lenert, W.R. Chan, B. Bhatia, I. Celanović, M. Soljačić, E.N. Wang, Nature Energy, 1(6), p. 16068, 2016
"Role of spectral non-idealities in the design of solar thermophotovoltaics", A. Lenert, Y. Nam, D.M. Bierman, E.N. Wang, Optics Express, 22(6), p. 1604-1618, 2014.
“Metallic photonic crystal absorber-emitter for spectral control in high-temperature solar-thermophotovoltaics”, V. Rinnerbauer, A. Lenert, D.M. Bierman, Y.X. Yeng, W.R. Chan, R.D. Geil, J.J. Senkevich, J.D. Joannopoulos, E.N. Wang, M. Soljačić, and I. Celanovic, Advanced Energy Materials, 4(12), 2014.
“A nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic device”, A. Lenert, D.M. Bierman, Y. Nam, W.R. Chan, I. Celanović, M. Soljačić, E.N. Wang, Nature Nanotechnology, 9, p. 126-130, 2014.
“Optimization of nanofluid volumetric receivers for solar thermal energy conversion”, A. Lenert, E.N. Wang, Solar Energy, 86(1), p. 253-265, 2012.