Yi Zheng

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affilitated Faculty,  Chemical Engineering

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Office

  • 273 SN
  • 617.373.5558

Lab

  • 440A RI

Research Focus

Nanoscale thermal transport; Nanoengineered materials; Multifunctional composites; Microfluidics; Chemical and biological nanosensors; Renewable energy harvesting; Thermophotovoltaics; Photon-based radiative cooling

About

Prof. Yi Zheng is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and the Director of Nano Energy Laboratory at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, United States. Prior to joining Northeastern, Prof. Zheng was an assistant professor from 2014 to 2019 and promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2019 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, United States. His research interests include theoretical, computational and experimental investigations on enhanced energy transport phenomena, thermal/optical/electromagnetic sensing, physical properties of nanoengineered metamaterials, and their applications in energy conversion, storage, and harvesting systems, thermophotovoltaics, wavelength selective thermal emitters/absorbers, near-field thermal diodes and transistors, and photon-based radiative cooling technique.

Prof. Zheng serves as editorial board member for Scientific Reports and associate editor for Journal of Photonics for Energy, and reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Communications, Nano Energy, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Scientific Reports, Nano Letters, and serves as topic/session chair at international conferences, such as ASME IMECE Conference and ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. (2015), Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.S. (2011), Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.S. (2009), Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Honors & Awards

Teaching Interests

  • Classical and Small-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solar Thermal Engineering
  • Micro and Nanotechnology

Research Overview

Nanoscale thermal transport; Nanoengineered materials; Multifunctional composites; Microfluidics; Chemical and biological nanosensors; Renewable energy harvesting; Thermophotovoltaics; Photon-based radiative cooling

Nano Energy Laboratory

The Nano Energy Laboratory features Nano Energy from multiple disciplines in materials science, physics, and engineering at Northeastern University. It emphasizes the basic and applied study of small-scale thermal transport through multifunctional materials with advanced thermal, optical, electromagnetic properties, super-hydrophobicity, self-adaptivity, high-temperature resistance, and self-cleaning and fire-retardant features. These materials can be applied in the areas of renewable energy harvesting, thermophotovoltaics, passive radiative cooling, solar desalination and purification, thermo rectification devices, and nanoscale opto-thermal sensing. Recently, Prof. Zheng’s research focus is on transforming sustainable biomass-derived composites such as cellulose fibers and farm waste to recyclable, cost-effective functional materials.

Nano Energy Laboratory

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Liu, X., Tian, Y., Chen, F., Caratenuto, A., DeGiorgis, J., ELSonbaty, M., Wan, Y., Ahlgren, R., Zheng, Y. (2021). An Easy-to-fabricate 2.5D Evaporator for Efficient Solar Desalination. Advanced Functional Materials, 2100911. 10.1002/adfm.202100911
  • Tian, Y., Shao, H., Liu, X., Chen, F., Li, Y., Tang, C., Zheng, Y. (2021) Superhydrophobic and Recyclable Cellulose-fiber-based Composites for High-Efficiency Passive Radiative Cooling. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13, 19, 22521. 10.1021/acsami.1c04046
  • Chen, F., Xu, L., Tian, Y., Caratenuto, A., Lium, X., Zheng, Y. (2021). Electrospun Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Composites with Embedded Carbon Nanotubes/Nanoparticles for Photothermal Absorption. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 4, 5, 5230. 10.1021/acsanm.1c00623

Faculty

Apr 30, 2024

Zheng Receives Leadership for Inclusion and Diversity Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng received the 2024 Leadership for Inclusion and Diversity Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Pacific Islanders Commission, which recognized him “as an exceptional leader who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity.”

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Faculty

Apr 24, 2024

Zheng Selected as 2024 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was selected as a NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow. He will collaborate on a NASA project about the highly efficient Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) during the summer of 2024.

Faculty

Feb 01, 2024

Faculty and Staff Awards 2024

The College of Engineering recognized faculty and staff at the annual faculty and staff awards event and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in support of our students, college, and university during the 2023-2024 academic year. View award recipients and photo gallery.

Faculty

Jan 19, 2024

Zheng Receives Energies 2023 Young Investigator Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng received the Energies 2023 Young Investigator Award. Zheng leads a growing research group focusing on nanoenergy in multiple disciplines, including materials science, physics, and engineering. He is the first recipient from the United States to receive this award, previous recipients were from Denmark, Singapore, Australia, and China.

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Faculty

Jan 17, 2024

Zheng Selected as ASME Fellow

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) for his exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, particularly in the research field of micro/nanoscale heat transfer for sustainable energy harvesting, conversion, and storage.

Faculty

Oct 24, 2023

Using Spark Fund Award to Revolutionize Cooling Technology

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to develop and commercialize more practical passive cooling products to combat the negative effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Faculty

Oct 24, 2023

Zheng Selected as NECAA Scientist of the Year

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was honored to be selected and conferred the title of the “Scientist of the Year” by the New England Chinese American Alliance at the NECAA Annual Gala.

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Faculty

Sep 08, 2023

Developing Eco-Friendly Cooling Solutions

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s spinout from his lab at Northeastern, Planck Energies, has received a $275,000 NSF grant for “Climate-Eco-friendly Biocoating for Passive Cooling of Infrastructure.”

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Faculty

Jul 26, 2023

Eco-Friendly Passive Cooling with Recycled Packaging Plastics

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research group Nano Energy Laboratory published their research on “Oil-Paper-Umbrella-Inspired Passive Radiative Cooling Using Recycled Packaging Foam” in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and “Eco-friendly Passive Radiative Cooling Using Recycled Packaging Plastics” in Materials Today Sustainability.

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Faculty

Jul 21, 2023

Pioneering Sustainable Solutions in Clean Energy

Planck Energies, founded by MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng, is a clean-energy startup that is developing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions for commercial and residential environments.

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