Visiting Faculty

Faisal AlMarzooqi
Faisal joined the DRL in April 2017 after being appointed as an assistant professor at Masdar Institute. His doctoral research at Masdar Institute investigated the applications of membrane fabrication techniques and nanotechnology in seawater desalination. In particular he used polymeric material such as PVDF to fabricate membranes with nanoscale surface features and studied the desalination enhancements caused by such features. He also studied graphene growth using chemical vapour deposition on Cu and Ni and studied the epitaxial transfer of graphene to other substrates such as polymers and glass. These studies were directed towards a long term goal of using graphene coated membranes as a multifunctional material for sensing and separation applications. At the DRL, Faisal is involved in modeling and fabrication of multi-functional nanoporous membranes for a combined power and water desalination systems.


Bikram Bhatia
Bikram joined the DRL in August 2014 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. His doctoral research investigated waste heat harvesting using nanometer-thick pyroelectric films. At the DRL, Bikram is involved with modeling and experiments of solar thermal energy conversion systems.
He Bin
He Bin received his doctor degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2014. His PhD research involved the fundamental study of evaporation of a sessile droplet. He currently focuses on the thermal management for integrated electronic systems utilizing advanced vapor chambers.
Sameer Rao
Dr. Rao joined DRL in the summer of 2015 after receiving his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His doctoral research was focused on experimentally characterizing the transient evolution of phase-change phenomena seen in microchannel flow boiling. At the DRL, Sameer is currently involved with development and characterization of energy storage and thermal management technologies.
Sivanand Somasundaram
Siva graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering in 2004 from NIT (Trichy), India and then with a Ph.D in Mechanical engineering from National university of Singapore in 2012. He was a junior research scientist in Solar energy research institute of Singapore until April 2013, after which he joined SMART in May 2013. His Ph.D research was based on study of intermittent spray cooling for thermal management of electronics. His past research experience includes thermal conductivity measurement using transients, cryogenic sprays and solar photo-voltaic thermal hybrid collectors. He currently works on development of silicon vapour chambers and other related thermal management technologies for electronic systems.
Zhenyuan Xu
Zhenyuan joined the DRL in September 2016 after receiving his Ph.D. from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015. His previous research involved theoretical and experimental studies of absorption refrigeration and seasonal thermal storage. At the DRL, he currently works on the phase-change enhancement for steam power plants and other energy systems.

Research Scientists

Dion Antao
Dion joined the Device Research Laboratory in July 2013 after earning his Ph.D. from Drexel University in 2013. His Ph.D. research involved fundamental studies (experimental and computational) of the thermoacoustic phenomenon for applications in cryogenic refrigeration. In the past he has worked in the area of plasma physics with applications in high pressure thin film deposition. His research interests are in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermoacoustics and plasma physics. His current research involves the fundamental investigation of phase change phenomena for advanced heat exchanger design.
Sungwoo Yang
Dr. Sungwoo Yang (Harry) joined the DRL in January 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He earned his bachelor of science (BS) in Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Duke University. The title of his dissertation is Photoluminescence from Inner Walls in Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Hybrid Carbon/Titanium Dioxide Gels for Energy Conversion and Storage Applications. His current research interests are in the areas of electrical and thermal energy storage based on 3 dimensional nanostructured materials utilizing carbon nanotubes, graphene, carbon aerogel and transition metal oxides.