MechE Guest Seminar: Colorless, opaque, and diffuse – no more!


Event details

Date 04.06.2024
Hour 12:0013:00
Speaker Prof. Andrej Lenert, University of Michigan
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Brief abstract
Engineers are usually taught to simplify radiative heat transfer to a colorless, opaque, and diffuse process. In this talk, I will show how color, transparency, and direction can be used to make large improvements in energy harvesting. My talk will focus on our recent work to enable high-temperature energy storage technologies that are sufficiently low cost to enable a fully renewable grid.

About the speaker
Andrej Lenert directs the Lab for Efficient and Enduring Energy systems at the University of Michigan conducting research at the intersection of nanofabrication, energy conversion, and transport of light and heat. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the 3M untenured faculty award, and the UofM Henry Russel Award, among others. He earned a BS in 2008 from the University of Iowa and MS and PhD degrees in 2010 and 2014 from MIT, where he studied with Evelyn N. Wang. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan (UofM) with Pramod Reddy and Edgar Meyhofer prior to joining the Chemical Engineering faculty in 2016.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


high-temperature energy storage energy harvesting