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Personal Profile

Yi Zeng joined NREL in 2020. His area of expertise is heat and mass transfer, including fundamental thermal transport theory at nanoscale, phase change heat transfer, and moisture transport in buildings. Prior to joining NREL, Yi was a graduate researcher at Auburn University, Alabama. He worked on molecular dynamics studies of phase transition of n-alkanes mixtures, coupling-decoupling mechanism affecting thermal interfacial conductance of n-alkanes and Fokker-Planck theory of lattice thermal conductivity of crystalline solids.

Research Interests

Nanoscale thermal transport

Interfacial heat transfer

Solid-liquid phase change materials for thermal energy storage

Moisture storage and transport in buildings 

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University

Bachelor, Thermal Engineering, Central South University

Master, Engineering Thermophysics, Zhejiang University


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