Ela Correa wins Undergraduate Rising Researcher Award

2016_Rising_Researcher_Gabriela_Calinao_Correa__js_MG_8592_600pxGabriela Calinao Correa

The Rising Researcher award is presented to Gabriela Calinao Correa, class of two-thousand-sixteen, for her dedicated pursuit of research with meaningful, tangible, and publishable results. Gabriela’s Honors Thesis led to the development of a new computational model for heat transfer between 2D van der Waals materials (such as graphene) blanketing 3D substrates used in the semiconductor industry to build nanoelectronic devices. She gave a talk on this research at the fall 2015 Materials Research Society Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, a rare opportunity for an undergraduate researcher. Gabriela’s faculty advisor is Zlatan Aksamija, electrical and computer engineering. Congratulations, Gabriela!

More information about the award at ResearchNext: http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/researcher/passionate-pursuit

Our invention of folded 2-D thermoelectric elements featured on TTO’s website

This invention, co-invented with Prof. Robert Blick of the University of Hamburg, usTEnanoelementes folded 2-dimensional materials to reach enhanced thermoelectric conversion efficiencies. 2-D materials like grapheme are great electrical and thermal conductors; by folding them, the thermal path is suppressed, diverting more thermal energy into electrical, thereby increasing thermoelectric conversion efficiency:


Our team with collaborators at UIC and MIT selected for the $2 million NSF EFRI 2-DARE award

Our team is part of a multi-university collaboration with UIC and MIT which has been awarded the recent $2 million NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) 2-DARE grant to study thermal properties of 2-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures. Read more about it from the UMass press release:


Or check out the NSF summary/abstract of the award here: