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Heng Wang


Assistant Professor of Materials Science

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology

Rettaliata 203 (Office); Rettaliata 067 (Lab) 

10 W 32nd St,

Chicago, IL 60616


Tel: 312-567-3122

Heng joined Illinois Tech in 2017. Before that he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He did his PhD at California Institute of Technology (2014) with Jeff Snyder. Beside that he holds a joint Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, and in Physical Electronics from Tokyo Institute of Technology. 


Heng was first introduced to thermoelectric materials during his undergraduate research project (Thanks to the mentoring from Prof. Jing-Feng Li, Tsinghua University) and has been working in this field and been fascinated about the science ever since. At LBL he worked on hybrid perovskites and materials for heat storage. He is passionate to apply his experience in experimental materials science and transport in semiconductors to create new, better, functional materials. Currently, he is interested in how thermoelectric properties interact with photon absorption, and how to use it to study new semiconductors more efficiently.


Runzi Cui


PhD student

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

Runzi Cui joined the group in 2018 fall and is a PhD student co-advised by Heng and Professor Nash. Her research is focused on understanding ductile semiconductors and using their ductility for novel devices


Xinbo Zhang


Ph.D. student

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

xzhang148 at

Xinbo joined our group in 2022. He graduated from Qingdao University, China. His current research project is on exploring bulks made with two dimensional tellurene nano sheets, which has the potential to achieve high zT around room temperatures.

This project is supported by NSF. He likes swimming, playing table tennis and origami during his spare time.

Past group members

Syed Mohd Naved (M.E., 2023), current position: continuing study at IIT

Ji-Seong Oh (B.S., 2022-2023)

Mars Bell (B.S., 2022-2023)

Zhenyu Pan (PhD, 2022), current position: Postdoctoral research at Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy

Xudong Xiao (M. S. 2021), current position: continuing PhD study at Northern Illinois University

Zheng Zhu (Visiting Student, 2019), Zhengzhou University, China

Jonathon Wilcox (B.S. 2019), current position: Idaho National Lab

Xiang Long (M.E. 2019), current position: Baoneng battery research institute, China

Zhe Shi (M.E. 2018), current position:

Jae Seung Hwang (undergraduate intern, 2018), Saadatu Umar (ME intern, 2020),

Gaurav Nag (ME project)

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