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Principal Investigator

Luna Lu
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering with courtesy appointment in Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Na (Luna) Lu is an associate professor of college of engineering and Brick nanotechnology center at Purdue University. She leads an interdisciplinary research group that works on novel nanostructured materials and devices enabling renewable energy technologies, particularly, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and solar cells.

Postdocs and Visiting Scientists

Fei Cao
Visiting Scholar
His research interest includes the solar thermal and photocatalytic engineering, multi-source energy utilization technologies, sea water desalination.

Associate professor, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Hohai University, China
Ph.D. Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
B.S. , Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Jingwei Chen
Visiting Scholar
Dr. Jingwei Chen's research interests include thermal conversion technology for hydrogen production, solar thermal engineering, new materials for new energy development.

Assistant professor, College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, China
Ph.D. Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
B.S. Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Ting-Fung (Jack) Chung
Postdoc Research Scientist
Jack recently completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Purdue University with the guidance of Professor Yong P. Chen. He has worked on condensed matter physics and devices involving such systems as graphene & 2D materials, van der Waals heterostructures, and ZnO & II-VI nanowires and has explored their applications in electronics and optoelectronics.
At SMART Lab, he is working on MOCVD growth of semiconducting materials and their devices.

Ph.D. Physics, Purdue University

Graduate Students

Aline Elquist
Graduate Research Assistant
Aline is a Ph.D. student in Materials Engineering. Her research interest is in piezoelectric based sensing technology for biomedical applications.

She is the recipient of Purdue Graduate School Ross Fellowship.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University
Yining Feng
Graduate Research Assistant
Yining is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. She is currently working on oxides thermometric materials and flexible thermometric devices design. Her main focus is the fabrication and characterization of TE devices at the SMART Lab.

Yining attended NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) 2017 Bay Area Cohort. She is the Entrepreneur Lead for Team-Eta Energy.

M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Purdue University
B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, China
Yen-Fang Su
Graduate Research Assistant
Yen-Fang is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. Before he joins SMART Lab at Purdue University, he was a Structural Engineer of Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC), the largest ship building design firm in Taiwan. His current research interest is toward developing high performance piezoelectric materials and devices.

M.Sc. Civil Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan
B.Sc. Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Yang Wang
Graduate Research Assistant
Yang is a Ph.D student in Materials Engineering. His research interests are in MOCVD growth of semiconducting materials and their applications, especially ZnO.

M.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui Agricultural University, China
Evan Witkoske
Graduate Research Assistant (Co-advise with Prof. Mark S. Lundstrom at ECE)
Evan is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering under instruction of Professor Mark S. Lundstrom and Professor Luna Lu at Purdue University. His current research interests include characterization and simulation of nanoscale Thermoelectrics both experimentally and theoretically. His previous research included the development and review of compact models to be implemented as part of the NEEDS program, and simulation of nanoscale Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors(HBTs).

M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
B.Sc. major in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Purdue University
minor in Electrical Engineering, Economics, Purdue University

Undergraduate Students

Adlan Amran
Surf Intern, Summer 2018
Adlan is a senior undergraduate student in Civil Engineering. His research interest is in the development of piezoelectric materials and their applications in concrete constructions.
Zamaan Bagban
DURI Intern, Summer 2017, 2018
Zamaan is a third year undergraduate student studying Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. His research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic devices.
Elizabeth Bell
Surf Intern, Summer 2018
Elizabeth is a junior in Chemical Engineering at Purdue. She is interested in renewable energy sources and is currently researching thermoelectric materials.
Sean Graham
Sean is a senior undergraduate student in Civil Engineering. He is interested in sustainable development and is currently researching piezoelectric materials.


Romita Biswas
Current Affiliation: Purdue University
Luisa Estefania Catano Echavarria
UREP-C Program Visiting Scientist
Ehsan Ghafari
Current Affiliation: Purdue University
Seyedali Ghahari
Current Affiliation: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Bahadir Kucukgok
Current Affiliation: Postdoc Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Eu Jin Lee
Current affiliation: Purdue University
Yao Liu
Current Affiliation: Guangxi University, China
Marek Mroziewski
Current affiliation: Purdue University
Christine Neudeck
Current Affiliation: Materials and Process Engineer, Butler Aerospace and Defense
Romika R. Kotian
Current Affiliation: Graduate Structural Engineer, JPS Consulting Engineers