Professor Massoud Kaviany

Professor Massoud Kaviany


Current Lab Members


Zijie Chen (M.S. Student)

Peter Westra (M.S. Student)

Peter Westra (M.S. Student)

Sanat Modak (M.S. Student)

Julio Ferreira (Ph.D. Student)


Open Positions

We have open Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral positions for qualified individuals. Send resume to


Laboratory Alumni/Alumnae


Hyoungchul Kim–KIST Corey Melnick– University of Michigan Sekwon Jung – Hyundai Motors Hua Bao - University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Institute Bo Qiu–MIT Ali Shakouri–Purdue University Paddy Chan–University of Hong Kong Hangjin Jo–POSTECH Baoling Huang-Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Jimin Kim – POSTECH Costas Grigoropoulos–University of California, Berkeley Jader R. Barbosa Jr.–Federal University of Santa Catarina Xiulin Ruan-Purdue University Charn-Jung Kim - Seoul National University Chan-Woo Park-University of Nevada, Reno Jae-Dong Chung-Sejong University Shigeo Maruyama - University  of Tokyo Sebastian Volz-Ecole Centrale Paris Seungha Shin-University of Michigan Alan McGaughey-Carnegie Mellon University Bong Jae Lee-KAIST Vivian Wang - Mrs. Tao Zhuomin Zhang - GATECH, Yong-Xin Tao-University of North Texas Massoud Kaviany-University of Michigan Jayathi Murthy-University of Texas Ab Hashemi-San Jose State University

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Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Name Date Research Topic Current Position
Charn-Jung Kim 1991-1992 Numerical Methods in Heat Transfer with Phase-Change Seoul National University Korea
Kotsu Hanamura 1993-1994 Condensation in Porous Media Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Melik Sahraoui 1992-1994 Premixed Gaseous Combustion in Porous Media Tunisia Polytechnic University Tunisia
Jae-Dong Chung 1997-1998 Effective Thermal Conductivity of Porous Silicon Sejong University, Seoul, Korea
Amir A.M.Oliveira 1998-1999 In-Cylinder Particulate Filtering and Conversion of Pollutants Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Scott G. Liter 2000-2001 Examination of Interatomic Potentials for Molecular Dynamics Simulations GE Global Research
Yoon-Been Lee 2001-2002 Diffusion-Reaction in Multi-Length Scale Porous Media Seoul National University, Korea
Jin-Hyun Nam 2001-2003 Water Management in Proton-Exchange-Membrane Fuel cells Daegu University, Korea
Nikolai Sergueev 2010-2011 Thermoelectric Molecular Junctions University of South Carolina
Seungha Shin 2013-2014 Phonon Recycling University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Corey Melnick 2017-2018 Phonoelectricity Brookhaven National Lab


Ph.D. Students

Name Date Research Topic Current Position
Yong-Xin Tao 1989 Effect of Surface Saturation on Evaporation Rate Nova Southeastern University 
Farouk Ben-Ammar 1991 An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Heat Transfer During Impact Industrial Mechanics of Maghrib, Tunisia
Charn-Jung Kim 1991 A Finite-Difference Method for Phase-Change Problems Seoul National University, Korea
Monther Al-Farah 1992 Film Condensation in Tilted Thermosyphons Mu’tah University, Jordan
Melik Sahraoui 1992 Slip and No-Slip Boundary Conditions for Porous Plain Media Interface: Hydrodynamics, Conduction and Convection Tunisia Polytechnic University, Tunisia
Mahmood Fatehi 1996 Role of Solid-Gas Thermal and Chemical Nonequilibria in Combusting Porous Media Visteon Corporation
Amir A.M. Oliveira 1998 Effect of Particle- and Specimen-Level Transport on Product State: Compacted-Powder Combustion Synthesis and Thermal Debinding Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Scott G. Liter 2000 Pool Boiling Enhancement and Liquid Chocking Limits within and above a Modulated Porous-Layer Coating GE Global Research
Chan-Woo Park 2000 Modeling Thermal Regeneration in Reciprocating, Reacting Streams with Applications in Thermoelectric Power Generation and in Internal Combustion Engines University of Missouri-Columbia
Alan McGaughey 2004 Phonon Transport in Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Formulation and Thermal Conductivity Prediction Carnegie Mellon University
Luciana da Silva 2005 Integrated Micro Thermoelectric Cooler: Theory, Fabrication and Characterization Institute for Technological Research (IPT), Brazil
Xulin Ruan 2006 Fundamentals of Laser Cooling of Rare-earth-ion Doped Solids and its Enhancement using Nanopowders Purdue University
Baoling Huang 2008 Phonon Conductivity Metrics for Compact, Layered, Linked-Cage, and Filled-Cage Crystals, Using Ab-Initio, Molecular Dynamics and Boltzmann Transport Treatments Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Gisuk Hwang 2010 Pore-Water and Proton Transport in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell: Molecular Dynamics and Mon- and Bimodal Wetting Treatments of Mesopore Hydrated Nafion Wichita State University
Jedo Kim 2011 Phonon Tuning and Recycling in Photonic Energy Conversion: Atomic-Structure Metrics and Examples Hongik University in Seoul, Korea
Seungha Shin 2013 Fundamental Kinetics and Innovative Applications of Nonequilibrium Atomic Vibration in Thermal Energy Transport and Conversion University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Hyoungchul Kim 2013 Tuning Structure and Thermal Evolution of High-ZT Thermoelectrics Using First Principles Korea Institiute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea
Corey Melnick 2017 The Phonovoltaic Cell: Harvesting Optical Phonons in Order to Approach the Carnot Limit Brookhaven National Lab


M.S. Students

Name Date Research Topic Current Position
Melik Sahraoui 1988 Natural Convection from Disks and Rings Tunisia Polytechnic University, Tunisia
Jeffrey A. Rogers 1989 Dying of Nonhygroscopic Porous Media Babcock & Wilcox Company
Lawrence Chaney 1990 A Phase-Change Actuated Microelectromechanical Device Babcock & Wilcox Company
Martin J. Reckker 1990 Dumping of Liquid Nitrogen to Pressures Below One Atmosphere Ford Motor Company
Bruce Squires 1990 Gel Formation in Liquid Nitrogen using Hydrocarbons Fermi National Laboratory
Bhupinder P. Singh 1991 Radiation Heat Transfer in Porous Media Caterpillar Incorporated
Timothy P. Purwin 1992 Influence of Gravitational Environment on Cryogenic Liquid Tank Venting and Dumping Calsonic North America
Kelvin Fu 1993 Thermal Circuit Modeling of Alternators and Experimental Verification ITT Aerospace Controls
Justin MacLaurin 1996 Heat Transfer Characteristics of Compact Condensers Battelle Columbus Laboratory
David Burgess 1997 Optimization of Compact Condensers Ford Motor Company
Minas Mezedur 2000 Network Modeling of Washcoat Effective Mass Diffusivity Ford Motor Company
Ozgur Karagozuglu 2001 Design and Fabrication of Thermoelectric Micro-Coolers Applied Materials Inc.
Gisuk Hwang 2006 Modulated Wick Heat Pipe Wichita State University
Jedo Kim 2008 Purging of Dropwise Condensate by Electrowetting Pukyong National University, Korea
Dahye Min 2008 Capillary Artery-Evaporator Designs for Heat Spreading and Modulated Porous Coatings for Enhanced Pool-Boiling University of Illinois-UC (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Corey Melnick 2016 Roles of Core-Shell and δ-Ray Kinetics in Layered BN α-Voltaic Efficiency Brookhaven National Lab


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