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FOCUS Project Team - MIT's Stacked Hybrid Solar Converter

Prof. Gang Chen (MIT), PI is the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering, and is the director of the "Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC Center)" - an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. He was an assistant professor at Duke University, a tenured associate professor at UC Los Angeles, before moving to MIT. He is a recipient of a K.C. Wong Education Foundation fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He received an NSF Young Investigator Award, an R&D 100 award, and an ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award. He is a fellow of AAAS, APS, and ASME. In 2010, he was elected a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Evelyn Wang (MIT), PI is an Associate Professor in ME at MIT. She has extensive experience in developing efficient liquid and two-phase heat and mass transport systems, and in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials and aerogels. 

Prof. Zhifeng Ren (University of Houston) is an M. D. Anderson Chair Professor of the Department of Physics and The Texas Center for Superconductivity of the University of Houston (TcSUH). He has extensive experience on materials synthesis and characterizations in the fields of superconductors, carbon nanotubes, zinc oxide nano structures, thermoelectric materials, photovoltaic materials, nano bio materials, transparent electrical conductors, and selective solar absorbers.

Dr. Svetlana Boriskina (MIT) is a Research Scientist at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She has an extensive experience in engineering of nanostructured photonic and plasmonic spectrally-selective absorbers and emitters. Her expertise also includes design of thermophotovoltaic energy conversion systems. 

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