Advancing Electromagnetics for Energy Applications
Electromagnetic fields represent a fundamental aspect of nature and serve as the primary carrier of energy. New abilities to control electromagnetic fields, as enabled for example by the developments of metamaterials and nanophotonic structures, can therefore have profound implications for energy technology. In this talk we will discuss some of our efforts in applying the concepts of electromagnetic field control towards developing new energy technologies, with examples including radiative cooling, and energy transfer.
Shanhui Fan is the Joseph and Hon Mai Goodman Professor in the School of Engineering, a Professor of Electrical Engineering, a Professor of Applied Physics (by courtesy), and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, at the Stanford University. He received his Ph. D. in 1997 in theoretical condensed matter physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests are in fundamental studies of solid state and photonic structures and devices, especially photonic crystals, plasmonics, and meta-materials, and applications of these structures in energy and information technology applications. He has published over 600 refereed journal articles, has given over 380 plenary/keynote/invited talks, and holds over 70 US patents. He has cofounded two companies aiming to commercialize high-speed engineering computations and radiative cooling technology respectively. Prof. Fan received a National Science Foundation Career Award (2002), a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2003), the U. S. National Academy of Sciences W. O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research (2007), the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America (2007), a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the U. S. Department of Defense (2017), a Simons Investigator in Physics (2021), and the R. W. Wood Prize from the Optica (2022). He is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Physics since 2015, and a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America), and the SPIE.