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Renkun Chen

Research Interests

  • Thermal energy transport, conversion, storage, and management across different length scales
  • Developing nanostructured materials and devices for thermal to electrical energy conversion
  • Studying fundamental transport physics of charge and heat carriers (electrons, phonons and photons) at micro and nano scale
  • Developing materials and systems for aplications in solar-thermal energy conversion, thermal energy storage, and thermal management 


Prof. Renkun Chen joined the UCSD faculty in November 2009. Chen received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the UC, Berkeley, where his research in Prof. Arun Majumdar group (now at Stanford) was focused on nanoscale thermal energy conversion. Subsequently, Chen continued working as a post-doctoral fellow at Berkeley, where he investigated nanoscale phonon transport physics .


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Research Group

Postdoctoral Researcher:

Name: Dr. Chulmin Choi (Edward)

E-mail: cnchoi@ucsd.edu


Graduate Students:


Name: Chin-Hung Isaac Liu

E-mail: chl261@ucsd.edu


Name: Chad Dong Won Chun

E-mail: dochun@ucsd.edu 


Name: Elizabeth Caldwell

E-mail: ebcaldwe@eng.ucsd.edu


Name: Paul Duyoung Choi

E-mail: dychoi@ucsd.edu


Name: Young-Jin Kim

E-mail: yjk019@ucsd.edu


Name: Calvin Garder

E-mail: calvinjgardner@gmail.com


Name: Justin Taekyoung Kim

E-mail: tkkim@ucsd.edu

Renkun Chen


Assistant Professor

Phone: 858-822-7980


Website: Chen

Office: EBU II 261


UC, San Diego
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MS: 0411
9500 Gilman Drive, 0411
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0411