Faculty

CFES research is conducted by leaders in the fields of energy materials, devices, and systems. Following are selected faculty researchers in the three core research areas.

Distributed Energy Resources Faculty

Michael Amitay

Professor and James L. Decker '45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director, Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC).

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Experimental Aerodynamics, Experimental fluid mechanics, Active and passive Flow Control

Chulsung Bae

Professor

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Clean energy technology, Ion-conducting polymers for energy conversion, Green chemistry

Peter Henry Dinolfo

Associate Professor

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Dye-sensitized Semiconductor Solar Cells, Organic Photovoltaics, Artificial Photosynthesis, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Polymers, Materials and Energy

Partha Dutta

Professor

School of Engineering
Semiconductor Optoelectronics, Nanotechnology , Crystal Growth, Solar Thermal Energy, Full Spectrum Photovoltaics, Full Spectrum Solid State Lighting

Farhan Gandhi

Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr Chair in Engineering

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Smart and Adaptive Structures for Rotocraft, Material Systems, Cellular Structures

Liping Huang

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, School of Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering
Thermal sensors, Porous materials, Nanomaterials, Glass materials, Energy, Computational modeling, Ceramic materials

Mattheos Koffas

Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Metabolic Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Natural Products

Nikhil Koratkar

John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Chair Professor

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Smart Materials and Structures, Graphene Electrodes, Electricity Energy Storage, Carbon Nanotubes

Daniel Lewis

Associate Professor

Materials Science and Engineering
Mesoscopic Modeling in Materials, Morphological Evolution, Fuel Cells and Electrochemial Energy Conversion, Phase Transformations and Phase Diagrams

Jie Lian

Professor

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Nanotechnology, Advanced Nuclear Materials, Nano-scale Characterization, Graphene Composites

Toh-Ming Lu

Ray Palmer Baker Distinguished Professor

Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy
Thin Film Morphologies, 3D Integrated Nano-structure formation

Chang Y. Ryu

Professor, Director of NY State Center for Polymer Synthesis

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Sustainable Polymer Materials, Block Copolymer Self-assembly , Structure-property-relationships of polymeric materials, Polymer HPLC and Large Scale Purification, Viscoelasticity, polymer thermal characterization, Electron Microscopy & Surface analysis/modification

Jian Shi

Assistant Professor

Materials Science and Engineering
Energy Conversion, Piezoelectricity, Solar Cells, Semiconducting Water Splitting, Strongly Correlated Oxides, Neuromorphic Computing

Jian Sun

Professor and Director, CFES

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Power factor correction, Power conversion, High-frequency, DC-DC, Communications, Analysis, Aerospace, AC-DC

Minoru Tomozawa

Professor

Materials Science and Engineering
Glass Materials, Mass Transport, Reliability

Energy Efficiency Faculty

Ishwara B. Bhat

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Type II-VI Semiconductors, CdTe, ZnTe, hBN and other , Epitaxial Films

Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc

Associate Professor

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Power Harvesting MEMS, Heat Transfer in Nanosystems, Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC), New PV Materials

Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc

Professor and Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs

Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Thermal and Thermoelectric Metrology, Solid-State Thermoelectric Energy Conversion, Interface and Composite Materials Conductance, Heat Conduction Fundamentals, Advanced Manufacturing of Thermoelectric Devices, Solid-State Heat Pump Systems, Solid-State Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems, Thermal Energy Storage Composites and Systems

T. Paul Chow

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Semiconductor Power Devices and ICs, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, Semiconductors, Electronics and Circuits

Mona M. Hella

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
High speed circuits for wireless/optical transceivers, Millimeter wave and THz integrated circuits, biomedical and energy harvesting interface ICs

Robert Karlicek

Professor and Director, Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Smart lighting, Signature thrust: Energy and the environment

John F. McDonald

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
communication theory, coding and switching theory, computer architecture, integrated circuit design, high frequency packaging, digital signal processing

Nadarajah Narendran

Professor

Architecture
LED Packaging, Solid State Lighting, Light Testing and Evaluation

Joel L. Plawsky

Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Interfacial phenomena, Transport Processes, Thin Films, Microelectronics, Photonics

Michael Shur

Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy
Solid State Devices, Semiconductor Devices, Integrated Circuits

Jian Sun

Professor and Director, CFES

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Power factor correction, Power conversion, High-frequency, DC-DC, Communications, Analysis, Aerospace, AC-DC

Shawn-Yu Lin

Professor

Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy
Photonic Crystals, Nano-photonics, Integrated Optics, Plasmonics

Christian M. Wetzel

Professor

Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy
Electronic Band Structure, Group III Nitrides, Solar Cell Junctions, Power Electronics , Solid State Lighting, Solar Fuels

Distributed System Platforms Faculty

Joe H. Chow

NAE, Institute Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Web simulator, Voltage-sourced, Voltage stability analysis, Voltage and power dispatch, UPFC, Sensitivity analysis, Rated-capacity operation, Loadflow models

T. Paul Chow

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Semiconductor Power Devices and ICs, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors, Semiconductors, Electronics and Circuits

Koushik Kar

Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
routing and traffic management in computer networks, congestion control and fair resource allocation, ad-hoc and sensor networks

Jian Sun

Professor and Director, CFES

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Power factor correction, Power conversion, High-frequency, DC-DC, Communications, Analysis, Aerospace, AC-DC

Ali Tajer

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Statistical Learning Theory, Information Theory, Wireless Communications, Power System

Luigi Vanfretti

Associate Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
electric power engineering, power systems, system identification, synchrophasor measurement technology and applications, modeling and simulation of physical and cyber-physical systems, physical and cyber-physical systems stability and control, real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation, smart grid

Meng Wang

Assistant Professor

Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Machine learning, Power systems, Signal Processing, High-dimensional data analysis