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Asegun Henry

Contact Info

room 3-164

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 2004


  • 2006


  • 2009



Research Interests

Novel energy system concepts that help to mitigate the effects of climate change, including solar energy, energy storage, and transportation. Concepts currently under development include thermal energy grid storage using multi-junction photovoltaics (TEGS-MPV), high temperature concentrated solar power (CSP) using liquid metals or molten salts, ceramic/refractory based fluid handling infrastructures, high temperature thermochemical energy conversion and reactor design, methane pyrolysis for hydrogen production, solar fuels, direct contact heat exchangers; Atomistic level modeling to study the fundamental physics of phonon transport in ordered materials, disordered materials, molecules and at interfaces; Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, supercell lattice dynamics calculations, first principles calculations, density functional theory (DFT), interatomic potentials optimized for describing phonons directly from first principles, Taylor expansion based potentials and neural network potentials.

Honors + Awards

  • 2018 ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer
  • 2018 FAMU/FSU Mechanical Engineering Rising Star Alumni Award 
  • 2017 Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award 
  • 2016 National Science Foundation – CAREER Award 
  • 2015-2016 Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award 
  • 2010-2011 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • 2009-2010 UNCF-MERCK Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • 2005-2009 DOE – Computational Science Graduate Fellowship 
  • 2004-2005 MIT – Lemelson Presidential Fellowship
  • 2000-2004 FAMU – Distinguished Scholars Award
  • 2002-2004 FAMU – Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Society
  • 2001-2004 FAMU – Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Materials Research Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Ceramic Society


  • Book Chapter: A. Henry, Thermal Transport in Polymers, Invited chapter in the Annual Review of Heat Transfer, Chapter 13, Volume 17 485-520 (2013)
  • Papers:
  • A. Henry and G. Chen, Spectral Phonon Transport Properties of Silicon Based on Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Lattice Dynamics, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci., 5, 141-152 (2008).
  • A. Henry and G. Chen, High Thermal Conductivity of Single Polyethylene Chains Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 235502 (2008).
  • A. Henry and G. Chen, Anomalous heat conduction in polyethylene chains: Theory and molecular dynamics simulations, Phys. Rev. B, 79, 144305 (2009).
  • S. Shen, A. Henry, J. Tong, R. Zheng, G. Chen, Polyethylene nanofibres with very high thermal conductivities, Nature Nanotechnology, 5, 251 - 255 (2010).
  • V. Singh, T. L. Bougher, A. Weathers, Y. Cai, K. Bi, M. T. Pettes, S. A. McMenamin, W. Lv, D. P. Resler, T. R. Gattuso, D. H. Altman, K. H. Sandhage, L. Shi, A. Henry and B. A. Cola, High Thermal Conductivity of Chain-Oriented Amorphous Polythiophene, Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 384-390 (2014).
  • A. Henry, R. Prasher, The Prospect of Solid State Energy Conversion to Reduce the Cost of Concentrated Solar Power, Energy & Environmental Science, 7, 1819-1828 (2014).
  • K. Gordiz, A. Henry, A formalism for calculating the modal contributions to thermal interface conductance, New Journal of Physics, 17, 103002 (2015).
  • C. Yuan, C. Jarrett, W. Chueh, Y. Kawajiri, A. Henry, A New Solar Fuels Reactor Concept Based on a Liquid Metal Heat Transfer Fluid: Reactor Design and Efficiency Estimation, Journal of Solar Energy, 122, 547-561 (2015).
  • K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Examining the Effects of Stiffness and Mass Difference on the Thermal Interface Conductance Between Lennard-Jones Solids, Scientific Reports, 5, 18361 (2015).
  • Z. Liu, Y. Liu, Y. Chang, H. R. Seyf, A. Henry; A. L. Mattheyses, K. Yehl, Y. Zhang, Z. Huang, K. Salaita, Nanoscale Optomechanical Actuators for Controlling Mechanotransduction in Living Cells, Nature Methods, 13, 143-146 (2016).
  • C. Jarrett, W. Chueh, C. Yuan, Y. Kawajiri, K. H. Sandhage, A. Henry, Critical Limitations on the Efficiency of Two-Step Thermochemical Cycles, Journal of Solar Energy, 123, 57-73 (2015).
  • W. Lv, A. Henry, Direct Calculation of Modal Contributions to Thermal Conductivity via Green-Kubo Modal Analysis: Crystalline and Amorphous Silicon, New Journal of Physics, 18, 013028 (2016).
  • K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Phonon Transport at Interfaces: Determining the Correct Modes of Vibration, Journal of Applied Physics, 119, 015101 (2016).
  • K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Phonon Transport at Crystalline Si/Ge Interfaces: The Role of Interfacial Modes of Vibration, Scientific Reports, 6, 23139 (2016).
  • H. R. Seyf, A. Henry, Thermophotovoltaics: a potential pathway to high efficiency concentrated solar power, Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 2654-2665 (2016).
  • H. R. Seyf and A. Henry, A method for distinguishing between propagons, diffusions, and locons, Journal of Applied Physics, 120, 025101 (2016).
  • A. Rohskopf, H. R. Seyf, K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Empirical Interatomic Potentials Optimized for Phonon Properties, NPJ Computational Materials, 3, 27, (2017).
  • W. Lv, R. M. Winters, F. DeAngelis, G. Weinberg, A. Henry, Understanding Divergent Thermal Conductivity in Single Polythiophene Chains Using Green–Kubo Modal Analysis and Sonification, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 121, 30, 5586-5596 (2017).
  • H. R. Seyf, L. Yates, T. L. Bougher, S. Graham, B. A. Cola, T. Detchprohm, M-H. Ji, J. Kim, R. Dupuis, W. Lv, A. Henry, Rethinking Phonons: The Issue of Disorder NPJ Computational Materials, 3, 49 (2017).
  • C. Amy, D. Budenstein, M. Bagepalli, D. England, A. DeAngelis, G. Wilk, C. Jarrett, C. Kelsall, J. Hirschey, B. Capps, A. Chavan, B. Gilleland, Y. Zhang, C. Yuan, W. Chueh, K. Sandhage, Y. Kawajiri, A. Henry, Pumping Liquid Metal at High Temperatures Up to 1673 kelvin, Nature, 550, 199-203 (2017).
  • W. Lv, S. Sultana, A. Rohskopf, K. Kalaitzidou, A. Henry, A Scalable Approach to High Thermal Conductivity Polymer Composites, Composites Part A, 12, 3, 215-226 (2018).
  • A. DeAngelis, H. R. Seyf, R. Berman, G. Schmidt, D. Moore, A. Henry, Design of a High Temperature (1,350°C) Solar Receiver Based on a Liquid Metal Heat Transfer Fluid: Sensitivity Analysis, Solar Energy, 164, 200-209, (2018).
  • G. Wilk, A. DeAngelis, A. Henry, Estimating the cost of high temperature liquid metal based concentrated solar power, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 10, 023705 (2018).