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Gang Chen

Gang Chen

Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering
Department Head
Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories & DOE EFRC: Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)

Room 3-174
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-3523  
Fax: 617-258-6156  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Keke Xu
Room 3-174
Phone: 617-253-2201  

Research Office:

Room 3-174

Phone: 617-253-3523

Research Interests

Micro- and nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion with applications in thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, solar thermal-energy to electrical energy conversion; and microelectronics; nano-mechanical devices and micro-electro-mechanical systems; radiation and electromagnetic metamaterials, nanoengineered high thermal conductivity soft matters (polymers, colloids, and liquids), and desalination.


Teaching Interests

Heat transfer, thermodynamics, micro/nano transport and technology, radiation.



UC Berkeley (Ph.D., 1993)

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Bachelor, 1984; Master, 1987)


Selected Honors and Awards

Academician, Academia Sinica, 2014

Outstanding Alumni Award, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2014

Nukiyama Memorial Award, the Japan Heat Transfer Society, 2014

75th Anniversay Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division, 2013

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2012

Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising, MIT, 2011

Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2010

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2009

Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering, 2009-

ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2008

R&D 100 Award, 2008

Warren and Towneley Rohsenow Professor, 2006-2009

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2006

Guggenheim Fellow, 2002-2003
National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1994
Warren Faculty Scholar, Duke University, 1996-1997


Professional Activities

Department Head, July 2013-

Area Head: Micro/Nano Engineering, MIT ME Department, 2005-2009, 2011-2013

Co-Editor: Annual Review of Heat Transfer
Editor, Journal of Nanomaterials
Editor: Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering
Editor: Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience

Associate Editor: Journal of Heat Transfer, 2002-2005
Chair, Advisory Board, ASME Nanotechnology Institute, 2005-2008

Member: Advisory Committee, Applied Science Center, Academia Sinica

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