Dr. Sungwoo Yang is an assistant professor in the Civil and Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). He received his PhD (2011) at Duke University, then joined MIT as a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research within the Device Research Laboratory (with Prof. Evelyn Wang). Later, he became a research scientist at MIT in 2014. The focus of his research is on porous materials (including aerogel, metal organic framework, zeolite, graphene/CNT network) which intersect the multidisciplinary fields of solar energy harvesting and thermal energy storage. He aims to bring about transformational efficiency enhancements in energy conversion and storage, buildings, water, and transportation by manipulating optical, thermal, and adsorptive properties of porous materials with device level considerations. The focus of his research efforts will be directed towards both: 1) fundamental research on developing new class of hybrid materials for efficient energy conversions and storages, and 2) applied research on devices and systems including for full spectrum solar energy conversion, thermal energy storage, water harvesting, and energy efficient buildings.
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