Yanfei Xu joined the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst as an assistant professor in 2019. She became an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department in 2020 fall.

Before joining UMASS, from 2013-2018, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was active in pursuit of turning polymer insulators into heat conductors. Before joining MIT, from 2011-2013, she passionately pursued GENIUS research funded by European Commission — printable organic electronics, and secured Marie-Curie Fellowships with major European institutions and companies, including the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Humboldt University, University of Cambridge,  Italian National Research Council, Université de Strasbourg, and the headquarters of BASF SE. From 2013 to 2015, she has been appointed an assistant professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She received Ph.D. in Chemistry from Nankai University, where she was awarded “Top 100 Most Influential Scientific Researchers in P. R. China (among all fields)”.  UMass Amherst MIE Faculty link. 

Yu Guo

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Yu Guo received his B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in 2016, and M.S. in Chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2019.

His research interests include thermally conductive polymers and polymer-based composites.


Yijie Zhou

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Yijie Zhou received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Central South University, and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at South China University of Technology in 2020.

His research interest is engineered polymers with controlled thermal conductivity.


Yurui Liu

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Yurui Liu received her B.E. in Material Science & Engineering at Nankai University in 2020.

Her research interest is thermally conductive polymers and polymer-based composites.


Ian Goodine

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Ian Goodine received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst in 2021.

His research interest is sustainable applications for recycled polymers. This includes a particular concentration on polymers for thermal management and energy storage.


Ethan Walko

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Ethan Walko received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst in 2021. 

His research focuses on investigating ways in which waste polymers can be made into useful materials for manufacturing new products. This research is enabled by the characterization of commonly recycled polymers as well as mechanical and thermal analysis.


Deanna Conti

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Deanna Conti graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from UMass Amherst in 2021.

Her research concentrates on the strategies for increasing thermal conductivity in polymers. This involves employing top-down approaches such as gel stretching, solid-state stretching, extrusion, electrospinning and template-assisted strategies to develop polymers with high thermal conductivity.


APEX Alumni

Nattavipa (Cindy) Chongvimansin 

Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

Nattavipa Chongvimansin’s research interest is degradable polymers for advanced thermal and electrical applications


Michael Hershelman

Chemical Engineering Department

Michael Hershelman’s research interest includes supercapacitors and polymer engineering. “I have a wide range of interests but hope to use my degree upon graduating to work in an energy storage or renewable energy field.”

Benjamin Tan

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Research interest: advanced manufacturing and instrumental management.


William Day

2019 summer intern program

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

Leo Goldschmidt

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

2019 summer intern program

Sameer Kamath

Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

2019 independent study

Nathaniel Lobik

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department

2019 independent study