Exploration of Energy, Heat, and Water from Nano to Macro: The Untold Stories of Explorers
Scientific and technological progresses are made with the dedication of researchers who overcome failures, challenge authorities, and dare to try new things. This talk will share stories on researchers with whom the speaker worked, in their pursuit to understand how heat transports at nanoscale, and to invent new solutions in energy and clean water domains. Over 90% of human’s energy consumption and utilization involves heat. Despite conventional wisdom that heat is well-understood, the talk will show that established physical laws governing heat transport often break down and many new phenomena emerge at micro and nanoscales. The talk will discuss how to leverage fundamental understanding to generate innovative ideas: turning polymers into heat conductors, energy efficient fabrics for human comfort and building efficiency, and waste water treatment and desalination. By sharing stories on how researchers struggled and triumphed, how ideas are generated and failed, the speaker hopes to inspire young people to join the exciting journey and invent the future.
Gang Chen is currently Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 2013 to 2018, he served as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He served as the director of the “Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)”, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. He obtained his doctor degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley, bachelor and master degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was a faculty member at Duke University and UCLA, before joining MIT in 2001. Professor Chen has supervised over 70 M.S. and PhD students thesis and over 60 post-docs and visiting scholars. Nearly 50 of his former PhD students and post-docs are in faculty members around the world. He received an NSF Young Investigator Award, an R&D 100 award, an ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and an Frank Kreith Energy Award, a Nukiyama Memorial Award by the Japan Heat Transfer Society, a World Technology Network Award in Energy, an Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising from MIT, and named as the Outstanding Alumnus of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is a fellow of American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering.
陈刚博士，现任麻省理工学院Carl Richard Soderberg教授。他在加州大学伯克利分校机械工程系获得博士学位，在华中科技大学获得学士、硕士学位。2001年加盟麻省理工学院之前，他曾在杜克大学和加州大学洛杉矶分校任教。陈刚教授2013年至2018年担任麻省理工学院机械工程系主任。他曾担任美国能源部资助的“固态太阳能-热能转换中心(S3TEC)”的主任。陈教授指导了硕士、博士论文70余篇，博士后、访问学者60余人，在他指导的博士生和博士后中有近50人在世界各地任教。
他曾获得诸多重要奖项，如美国国家科学基金会的青年研究员奖、研发100强、美国机械工程师协会传热纪念奖和弗兰克·克雷斯能源奖、日本传热学会的国际热科学纪念奖Nukiyama 纪念奖、全球技术网络奖（能源）、美国工程科学学会Eringen奖章,表彰麻省理工学院杰出导师的Capers和Marion McDonald奖章，华中科技大学杰出校友，等等。