Seminar: Interfacial Solar Vapor Generations: Materials, Structures, and Applications

Dec 5

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Hudson Hall 125

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Dr. Jia Zhu | Nanjing University

Dr. Jia Zhu

Water scarcity is one of the most pressing global challenges. Nanomaterials with carefully tailored properties can be used to manipulate the flow of phonons, electrons and photons, to enable unconventional solution to addressing this issue. In this talk, I will present our recent progress in interfacial solar vapor generation and its related applications.

We report that efficient and broad-band plasmonic absorber can be fabricated through a three dimensional self-assembly process. Because of its efficient light absorption and strong field enhancement, it can enable very efficient solar vapor generations. Inspired by the transpiration process in plants, we report an artificial transpiration device with a unique design of two dimensional water path. The energy transfer efficiency of this artificial transpiration device is independent of water quantity and can be achieved without extra optical or thermal supporting systems, therefore significantly improve the scalability and feasibility of this technology. At the end, we would like to demonstrate that this type of interfacial solar vapor generations can have direct implications in various fields such as desalination, sterilization and power generations.


Dr. Jia Zhu is a Professor at College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University. His scientific research interest is in the area of nanomaterials, nanophotonics and nanoscale heat transfer.

 Dr. Zhu obtained his bachelor in Physics at Nanjing University, received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 

 He has received several prestigious awards including: Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award(2018), OSA Young Investigator Award(2017), Dupont Young Professor Award (2016), MIT Tech Review TR35 award (2016) , The Recruitment Program of Global Experts (2014), Division of Inorganic Chemistry Yong Investigator Award (American Chemical Society, 2011), Gold Medal of Graduate Student Award (Material Research Society, 2010).  He has published over 70 papers in prestigious journals (Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotech., Nature Materials., Science Advances, Joule, PNAS, Nano Lett., Advanced Materials, etc.). He has delivered over 40 keynote/invited talks at leading research institutions, international conferences. He is a reviewer of over 30 scientific journals.

Hosted by Dr. Tony Jun Huang


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