PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Eon Soo Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Director, Advanced Energy Systems and Microdevices Laboratory

Contact:
New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982
(Office) 1-973-596-3318
(Fax) 1-973-642-4282
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Research Interests:
Flow and Thermal Transport: Microscale two-phase flow, heat transfer, micro-porous media flow, microfluidics, temperature control and thermal managements, micro sensors, optical imaging and visualization
Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Devices and Materials: Micro fuel cells, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, ultra capacitors, batteries, thermo electric generation systems, solar power systems, electrochemical and catalytic property characterizations, metal-based water reforming technology, hydrogen generation and fuel reforming technology


GROUP MEMBERS

Shiqiang "Simon" Zhuang, PhD ( Defense- Dec. 2017)

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- PHD. NJIT-Mechanical Engineering, USA, 2017
- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering, 2013
- BS. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2008

Research: Graphene-based non-PGM catalyst development for electrochemical systems

He has been working on new electrochemical catalyst development since his join in Spring 2014 using a experimental techniques of thermal pyrolysis for synthesis and of RRDE test for electrochemical characterizations. He's also investigating the newly synthesized graphene-based samples with optical and electron spectroscopy methods. 

He is going to join Jinan University as a new faculty (Assistant Professor) in 2019 after his postdoc and teaching at NJIT as an adjunct faculty. 

 

Bharath Babu Nunna, Ph.D. (Defense - June 2018)

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- PHD. NJIT-Mechanical Engineering, USA, 2018
- MS. University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA 2007
- BS. Nagarjuna University, INDIA 2004

Research: Micro- Biochip for Cancer Biomarker Detection

He has been working in the micro biochip research from Fall 2014. The micro biochip research is an interdisciplinary research including microfluidics, cancer immunology, nano fabrication and biosensing sciences. His primary research interests are biosensing, lab-on-the-chip, cancer diagnosis and nano fabrication. 

He's continuing the research in the lab and teaching at NJIT as an adjunct faculty now, and is going to join Harvard University as a Postdoc in 2019.

 

Harsimranjit Singh, Ph.D. Student (Jan 2018 ~ to date)

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- M.S NJIT Mechanical Engineering, 2017 

- B.S PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, 2016

Research: Electrochemical performance Augmentation of Non-PGM Catalysts

His research is primarily focused on the synthesis and characterization of Non-precious Metal (Graphene) catalysts for electrochemical applications, and the physical, chemical and electrochemical characterizations primarily using XPS, Raman, Zetasizer, SEM, TEM, and RRDE. Also, he will work on Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Catalysis. 

 

Lakshmi Narayanan Venkatesan, MS student 

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- MS. Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, 2019
- BS.  Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, India, 2013 

Research: His research is focused on the experimental analysis of self-separation phenomenon in complex blood flow in PDMS microchannels with plasma coating for surface modification, which will help in developing a simple and inexpensive Biochip integrated with nanosensors and microchannels for disease detection. 

 

Debdyuti Mandal, MS (Thesis Defense- Dec 2017)

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- MS. Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, 2017
- BS.  Mechanical Engineering, ITM University, India, 2015 

Research: His primary research is Biomarker Detection using Nanostructured electrodes and Nanoparticles-based sensing. The device incorporates microfluidic channel on top of a nano-biosensor platform for the Cancer antigens diagnostics at early stages. His primary focus is on developing highly sensitive, precise, tiny and inexpensive biochip platform for real-time analysis.


Alumni / Former Members

 

Fuxin Lin, MS student

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2018 expected)
- BS. Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, 2012

His research is on the synthesis and characterization of graphene-based catalysts working with Shiqiang Zhuang, and currently pursuing his master's thesis on this topic.

 

Abhinav Mehrotra, MS student (2017)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2018 expected)
- BS. Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, 2012

His research was on the characterization of PDMS materials, and the surface of PDMS microchannels. His work also included the experimental setup of contact angle measurement of the PDMS surface. 

 

Juan Javier, MS student (2016)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2017)
- BS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015)

His research was on the the molecular imprinted polymers (MIP)-based biosensor development for disease biomarker detection, and studied antibody-antigen binding mechanism for detection. 

 

Lin Lei, MS student (MS Thesis Defense May 2016)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2016)
- BS. Hunan University (Changsha, China), 2013

Her MS Thesis title is "Effects Of Experimental Conditions On Characteristics Of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Synthesized By High Energy Wet Ball Milling", which studied the synthesis and characterization of graphene-based catalysts.

 

Marco Viola, Visiting MS student (MS thesis 2015)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015, Exchange)
- MS. Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Energy Engineering (2015)
- BS. Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Energy Engineering (2012)

His thesis is titled as "Performance and Economic Analysis of the Cogeneration Combined Cycle under Gas Turbine Inlet Air Chiller Operation", working on power plant cogeneration gas turbine cycle analysis. 

 

Xuan Shi, MS student (2014)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015)
- BS. Tianjin University of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 2013

His research was on the the synthesis and characterization of graphene-based catalysts working with Shiqiang Zhuang, and currently pursuing his master's thesis on this topic.

 

Xi Xi, MS student (2014)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2014)
- BS.  Shanghai Maritime University, (Shanghai, China), 2012

She studied small scale (~ micro) thermal characterization of porous gas diffusion layer on proton exchange membrane fuel cells. She designed and constructed the experimental setup with a team of graduate students of Bo Zhang and Yue Gao. 

 

Yue Gao, MS student (2014)

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- MS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2014)
- BS.  Wuhan University of Technology, (Wuhan, China), 2012

He studied small scale (~ micro) thermal characterization of porous gas diffusion layer on proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He designed and constructed the experimental setup with a team of graduate students of Bo Zhang and Xi Xi. 

 

Stephen Harris, Undergrad student (Provost Summer Research Awardee 2014)

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- BS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015)

He studied an air-breathing PEM fuel cells through experimental techniques. He designed and manufactured a air-breathing fuel cell and characterizes the cell performance and operational factors to the performance using a fuel cell test station equipped with electrochemical probes and reactant flow control systems.

 

Nuree Ha- Undergraduate Student (2015-2016)

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BS- Chemical Engineering, NJIT, 2016

She studied on the biochip research. Her primary research activities include image analysis of the fluid dlow in microchannel, contact angle measurement and biosensing.

 

Melissa Schwartz, Undergrad student (2014)

- BS. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015)

She studied an air-breathing PEM fuel cells through experimental techniques for the undergraduate summer research experiences in the lab in 2014. She helped the design and manufacturing of an air-breathing fuel cell using CAD tools and studied characterization of the cell performance and operational factors.

 

Bo Zhang, PhD student (Independent Study 2014)

- PhD. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2015)
MS.
BS.

He worked on a microscale two-phase porous layer flow and heat transfer characteristics in fuel cell applications using experimental approaches in the porous two-phase flow structure for his doctoral independent study in 2014.

 

Malave Ivette- Undergraduate Student 

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BS- Mechanical Engineering, NJIT (Spring 2018)

She studied on the biochip research. Her primary research activities include micro channel fabrication, micro-scale flow measurements and flow analysis.

 

Ramin Zakeri, PhD student (2013)

- PhD. NJIT Mechanical Engineering (2013 admitted)
- MS. Sharif University of Technology, 2010
- BS. Sharif University of Technology, 2007

He worked remotely on computational simulation of a microscale two-phase porous layer flow and heat transfer characteristics in fuel cell applications using Lattice-Boltzmann method for the numerical approaches in the porous two-phase flow structure, and produced three conference papers. 

 

High School Interns

Joo Un Lee, High School Intern (2017 ~ )

- Tenafly High School, Tenafly, NJ, 2016 ~ 2020

He works on biochip research project with Graduate mentors, Deb Mandal and Bharath Nunna, supervised by PI in the lab, since Summer 2017. His work involves CNT-based sensor for biomarker detections and gold nano particles-based biosensor for multiple biomarker detections.  

 

Abhishek Agarwal, High School Intern (2017 )

- Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains, NJ, 2015 ~ 2019

He worked on biochip research project with Graduate mentors, Bharath Nunna and Deb Mandal, supervised by PI in the lab, during Summer 2017. His work involves surface characterization of PDMS surface and microchannels through the contact angle measurements. 

 

Avani Budoo, High School Intern (2016 )

- Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ, 2014 ~ 2018

She worked on biochip research project with Graduate mentors, Deb Mandal and Juan Javier, supervised by PI in the lab, during Summer 2016. Her work involves biomarker characterization and the antigen/antibody binding mechanism for biosensor detections.