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Bolin Liao

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UCSB

Bolin is originally from Sichuan, China. He received his Bachelor's degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 2010. Then he moved to the US to study at MIT advised by Prof. Gang Chen, and earned his Ph.D. in 2016. After a one-year stay at Caltech as a Kavli Postdoc Fellow hosted by late Prof. Ahmed Zewail, Bolin started as an assistant professor at UCSB in July 2017 and was promoted to an associate professor in July 2023.

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Phone: 805-893-7251

Office: ESB 3231E


Ryan Gnabasik

Postdoctoral Scholar, Sep. 2021 - Present

Ryan received his B.S. in Physics from Creighton University in 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota in 2021 advised by David Flannigan. His research interests include ultrafast dynamics of novel materials, pump-probe methodology, and renewable energy. While at Minnesota, Ryan worked in an ultrafast transmission electron microscopy (UTEM) lab focusing on the structural dynamics of plasmonic materials and superconductors. As part of the TEALab, Ryan will be working on the scanning ultrafast electron microscope (SUEM) with specific focus on electron backscattered diffraction, thermal diffuse scattering, and 2D and solar materials. Some of his other interests include soccer, cooking, and movies.



Lokanath Patra

Postdoctoral Scholar, Dec. 2021 - Present

Lokanath received his master’s degree in Physics from Pondicherry University, India, in 2013. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Central University of Tamil Nadu, India, in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. P. Ravindran. His research interests include first-principles modeling of magnetic and magnetoelectric multiferroic materials. He joined Prof. Ravindra Pandey’s lab at Michigan Technological University (MTU) in 2020. While at MTU, Lokanath worked on the mechanical stability and mechanical response of 2D materials. He joined TEALab in December 2021. As part of the TEALab, Lokanath will be working on developing advanced computational techniques to model solid-state magnetic refrigeration from first principles and aid the computational search for the next-generation materials for magnetic refrigeration applications. His other interests include biking, hiking, cooking, cricket, and movies.



Basamat Shaheen

Postdoctoral Scholar, May 2022 - Present

Basamat received her Bachelor degree in Materials Engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She obtained her Masters in Nanotechnology at the American University in Cairo with research focused on fabricating nanomaterials for photoelectrochemical water splitting, under the supervision of Prof. Nageh K. Allam and Prof. Hanadi Salem. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at KAUST, under the guidance of Prof. Omar F. Mohammed with research focused on studying surface charge dynamics in photoactive materials by 4D SUEM. Her current research topic at TEALab is to study surface charge dynamics in wide band gap semiconductors and photocatalytic materials by 4D SUEM.


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Fanghao Zhang

Postdoctoral Scholar, June 2022 - Present (co-advised with Prof. Yangying Zhu)

Fanghao obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Houston in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Zhifeng Ren. While at UH, Fanghao worked on synthesizing amphiphilic Janus nanosheets for enhanced oil recovery and rational designs of efficient catalysts for seawater electrolysis using the strategy of surface modification. His current research topic at UCSB is the gas evolution and the thermal effect in the alkaline seawater electrolysis process and thermal properties measurements using PPMS.



Runqing Yang

Graduate Student, Sep. 2019 - Present

Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2018 - Aug. 2019

Runqing received his BS in Physics from UCSB in 2019. He has been an undergraduate researcher in TEALab since his junior year and has recently started as a graduate student. His research interest is the theoretical study of phonon transport.


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Yujie Quan

Graduate Student, Sep. 2019 - Present

Yujie received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2019 and has been a member of the TEALab since then. She used to be an undergraduate researcher at the University of Texas, Austin in summer 2018 and her research focused on condensed matter theory. Her research interests include ab-initio study on thermal transport.



Yubi Chen

Graduate Student, Jul. 2022 - Present

Yubi is a graduate student in the department of physics at UCSB. Yubi received her bachelor's degree in physics at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018 and got a master's degree in physics at the University of Chicago in 2019. Before joining TEAlab in 2022, she focused on defects in semiconductors for quantum applications. Her current research interests include the thermal properties of topological materials, the thermal transport of magnetic materials, etc.



Shantal Adajian

Graduate Student, Sep. 2022 - Present

Shantal is originally from Anjar, Lebanon and she received her B.S. degree in Engineering Sciences from The American University of Armenia in 2022. After that, she joined the TEA Lab upon her enrollment at UCSB for a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include energy transport, fluid mechanics, and nanoelectromechanical systems and their application in renewable energy technologies.



Zeyu Xiang

Graduate Student, Aug. 2023 - Present

Zeyu received his BS and MS in Thermophysics Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2023 and has been a member of the TEALab since then. His research interest focuses on phonons, including both the theoretical and experimental aspects.



Jiaoyue Yuan, Ph.D. Student, Jun. 2019 - Mar. 2024. Next Position: Software engineer at Google

Usama Choudhry, Ph.D. Student, Sep. 2017 - Dec. 2023.

Melanie Adams, Ph.D. Student, Jan. 2019 - Aug. 2023. Next Position: Postdoc Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Wenkai Ouyang, Ph.D. Student, Aug. 2018 - Jul. 2023. Next Position: R&D Engineer at Applied Materials

Xiangying Zuo, Undergraduate Researcher, Mar. 2020 - Jun. 2023. Next Position: Graduate Student at Harvard University

Alex Ackerman, Undergraduate Researcher, Jul. 2018 - Jun. 2021; Master Student, Jul. 2021 - Jun. 2023. Next Position: R&D Engineer at Avicena

Taeyong Kim, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sep. 2020 - July 2022. Next Position: Assistant Professor at Seoul National University, South Korea

Shengying Yue, Postdoctoral Scholar, Apr. 2018 - Mar. 2021. Next Position: Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Jeewan Ranasinghe, Postdoctoral Scholar, Jan. 2020 - Jan. 2021. Next Position: Postdoc at Penn State University

Bowen Deng, Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2019 - Jun. 2020. Next Position: Graduate Student at UC Berkeley

Yu Li, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sep. 2019 - Jun. 2020. Next Position: Research Scientist at University of Science and Technology of China

Ruotong Zhang, Undergraduate Visiting Student, Jul. 2019 - Sep. 2019. Next Position: Graduate Student at Johns Hopkins University

Tashi Xu, Undergraduate Researcher, Apr. 2018 - Jun. 2019. Next Position: Graduate Student at University of Tokyo

Isabella Ramirez, Master Student, 2018-2019. Next Position: MBA Student at University of Washington

Jessica Jauregui-Gonzalez, ​Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2018 - Sep. 2018

Chenxi Sui, Visiting Undergraduate Student, Jul. 2018 - Oct. 2018. Next Position: Graduate Student at University of Chicago

Alejandro Vega-Flick, Postdoctoral Scholar, Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019

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