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.
Shuai Gong
Shuai joined the DRL in November 2017 after two years’ postdoctoral research at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), where he received his Ph.D. in Engineering Thermophysics in June 2015. Shuai’s doctoral and postdoctoral research at SJTU focused on direct numerical simulations of boiling heat transfer using mesoscale lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). At the DRL, Shuai is involved in modeling and experiments of micro/nano-scale phase change heat transfer including boiling and condensation.
Ryuichi Iwata
Ryuichi joined DRL in November 2017 as a visiting scholar. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka University in 2010. His Ph.D. research involved numerical simulations of bubble-particle interactions in liquid. He is interested in interfacial transport, surface engineering and energy systems. His current research is focused on micro/nanoscale transport phenomena in electrochemical systems.
Zhengmao Lu
Zhengmao received his bachelor degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2012. He is interested in phase change phenomena at the micro/nano scale. His current research is focused on understanding the limit of interfacial transport with an ultrathin nanoporous membrane.
Wei Mengyao
Mengyao obtained her B.Eng. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2013. Her current research focuses on 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.