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  • Nano Energy and Engineering Laboratory

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA

  • TEAM

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ming Hu (PI)

    Associate Professor

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    University of South Carolina

    Horizon I Building

    541 Main Street

    Columbia, SC 29208, USA

    Phone: (803)576-7206

    Email: hu@sc.edu

    Dr. Guangzhao Qin

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    2018.09 - present

    E-mail: qin.phys@gmail.com

    Dr. Huimin Wang

    Visiting Scholar from Nanjing University, China

    2018.12 - present

    E-mail: wangyaya13@163.com

    Mr. Alejandro Rodriguez

    PhD student

    2018.08 - present

    E-mail: adr1@email.sc.edu

    Mr. Yinqiao Liu

    Visiting PhD student from Dalian University of Technology, China

    2018.09 - present

    E-mail: 2d_dlc@mail.dlut.edu.cn

    Mr. Joshua Ojih

    PhD student

    2019.08 - present

    E-mail: jojih@email.sc.edu

  • NEWS

    • 2019.04  Dr. Guangzhao Qin's poster was nominated as Best Poster Award in MRS Spring Meeting 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.
    • 2019.04  Dr. Guangzhao Qin receives USC ASPIRE-I Postdoctoral Scholars Award.
    • 2019.03  Alejandro Rodriguez receives the prestigious three-year fellowship by the Integrated University Program (IUP) through NE’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) from the Department of Energy.
    • 2019.03  Alejandro Rodriguez has been selected for funding for a Minorities in STEM Research Award by NASA SC Space Grant Consortium.
    • 2018.03  After 5 years of faculty at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, Ming Hu joins the Department of
      Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, USA.
    • 2018.02  Dr. Guangzhao Qin, Dr. Yanguang Zhou, and Dr. Sheng-Ying Yue have been granted "the 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financial Students Abroad" by China Scholarship Council (CSC).

  • RESEARCH

    Thermal transport plays an increasingly important role in modern technology renovation and engineering. For example, almost all of the energy generation and conversion rely on the thermodynamic process, even when the system size goes down to micro/nano-meter scale. Our research interests are focused on employing high-performance simulations to tackle micro/nano-scale thermal transport problems. From a microscopic point of view, we believe successful atomistic simulation will not only advance our understanding of the underlying mechanism and physics of energy transport in materials and structures, but also provide an effective and robust technique for development, design, and fabrication of new energy materials.

    Micro-/Nano-scale Heat Transfer for Energy Conversion

    High-throughput Computational Design of Energy Materials

    Near-junction Heat Transfer for Advanced Thermal Management

    Develop New Computational Algorithms/Schemes for Micro-/Nano-scale Heat Transfer

    Thermal Transport Across Metal/Semiconductor Interfaces

  • PUBLICATIONS

    Books & Book Chapters

    1. Ming Hu, Hua Bao, and Yaping Dan, Book chapter “Si nanowires for evolutionary nanotechnology”, in book “Silicon Nanomaterials Sourcebook – Low-Dimensional Structures Nanopowders, Nanowires”, edited by Klaus D. Sattler, CRC Press, 2017 
    2. Guangzhao Qin, Han Xie, Ming Hu, and Hua Bao, Book chapter “Two-dimensional silicon”, in book “Silicon Nanomaterials Sourcebook – Low-Dimensional Structures Nanopowders, Nanowires”, edited by Klaus D. Sattler, CRC Press, 2017 
    3. Guangzhao Qin and Ming Hu, Book chapter “Diverse Thermal Transport Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials: A Comparative Review”, in book “Two-dimensional Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Applications”, edited by Pramoda Nayak, InTech, 2016 
    4. Ming Hu, Book chapter “Atomistic Modeling of Nanostructured Materials for Novel Energy Application”, in book “Modeling, Characterization, and Production of Nanomaterials”, edited by Vinod Tewary and Yong Zhang, Elsevier, 2015

    Peer-reviewed Journal Papers (* corresponding author)

    Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8Wt2yS0AAAAJ&hl=en

    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8209-0139

     

    2019

     

    128. Reza Ghaffari, Farzad Shirazian, Ming Hu, and Roger A. Sauer, "A Nonlinear Hyperelasticity Model for Single Layer Blue Phosphorus Based on Ab-Initio Calculations", Proceedings A, (accepted).

    127. Zheng Xiong, Yuxin Cui, Zhonghao Liu, Yong Zhao, Ming Hu, and Jianjun Hu,* "Evaluating Explorative Prediction Power of Machine Learning Algorithms for Materials Discovery using K-fold Forward Cross-Validation", Computational Materials Science, (accepted).

    126. Huimin Wang, Guangzhao Qin, Jiayue Yang, Zhenzhen Qin, Yagang Yao, Qiang Wang,* and Ming Hu,* "First-principle Calculations of Electronic, Optical and Thermal Transport Properties of Group III-VI Monolayer MX (M=Ga, In; X=S, Se)", Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 245104 (2019).

    125. Jia-Yue Yang, Wenjie Zhang, and Ming Hu,* "Decoupling Thermal and Electrical Transport in α-MgAgSb with Synergic Pressure and Doping Strategy", Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 205105 (2019).

    124. Guangzhao Qin, Kuan-Rong Hao, Qing-Bo Yan,* Ming Hu,* and Gang Su,* "Exploring T-carbon for Energy Applications", Nanoscale, 11, 5798 (2019).
    123. Fancy Qian Wang, Ming Hu,* and Qian Wang,* "Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Allotropes with Correlations to the Scaled Pugh Ratio", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 7, 6259 (2019).

    122. Sheng-Ying Yue* and Ming Hu,* "Insight of the Thermal Conductivity of ε-iron at Earth's Core Conditions from the Newly Developed Direct ab initio Methodology", Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 045102 (2019). Feature Article

    121. Tao Ouyang,* Qingyi Liu, Mingxing Chen, Chao Tang, Jin Li, Chunxiao Zhang, Chaoyu He, Hua Bao,* Jianxin Zhong, and Ming Hu,* "Doping Induced Abnormal Contraction and Significant Reduction of Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Open Framework Si24", ES Energy & Environment, 3, 88 (2019).

    120. Jun Zhang, Chaowei Li, Cuiping Yu, Xiaona Wang, Qiulong Li, Huifen Lu, Qichong Zhang, Jingxin Zhao, Songfeng E, Ming Hu, Yagang Yao,* "Large Improvement of Thermal Transport and Mechanical Performance of Polyvinyl Alcohol Composites Based on Interface Enhanced by SiO2 Nanoparticle- Modified-Hexagonal Boron Nitride", Composites Science and Technology, 169, 167 (2019).

    119. Yufei Gao,* Xiaoliang Zhang,* Dawei Tang, and Ming Hu,* "Unexpected Anisotropy of (14,14,14)-Graphyne: a Comprehensive Study on the Thermal Transport Properties of Graphyne Based Nanomaterials", Carbon, 143, 189 (2019).

     

    2018

     

    118. Yanguang Zhou,* Shiyun Xiong,* Xiaoliang Zhang, Sebastian Volz,* and Ming Hu,* "Thermal Transport Crossover from Crystalline to Partial-Crystalline Partial-Liquid State", Nature Communications, 9, 4712 (2018).

    117. Pei Zhang, Tao Ouyang,* Chao Tang,* Chaoyu He, Jin Li, Chunxiao Zhang, Ming Hu, and Jianxin Zhong, "Thermoelectric Properties of Four Typical Silicon Allotropes", Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 26, 085006 (2018).

    116. Sheng-Ying Yue, Cheng Long, Bolin Liao,* and Ming Hu,* "Electron-Phonon Interaction and Superconductivity in the High-Pressure cI16 Phase of Lithium from First-Principles", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2018).
    115. Kunpeng Yuan, Xiaoliang Zhang,* Dawei Tang,* and Ming Hu,* "Anomalous Pressure Effect on the Thermal Conductivity of ZnO, GaN, and AlN from First-Principles Calculations", Physical Review B, 98, 144303 (2018).
    114. Biyao Wu, Yanguang Zhou, and Ming Hu,* "Two-Channel Thermal Transport in Ordered–Disordered Superionic Ag2Te and its Traditionally Contradictory Enhancement by Nanotwin Boundary", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 9, 5704 (2018).

    113. Yufei Gao, Yanguang Zhou, and Ming Hu,* "Enormous Suppression of Phonon Transport in Silicon Nanowires with Five-Fold Twin Boundary", Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 18533 (2018).

    112. Jia-Yue Yang and Ming Hu,* "Strong Electron-Phonon Interaction Retarding Phonon Transport in Superconducting Hydrogen Sulfide (H3S) at High Pressures", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20, 24222 (2018).

    111. Xin He, Zehui Zhang, Chenhui Zhang, Yang Yang, Ming Hu, Weikun Ge, and Xixiang Zhang,* "Exploration of Exciton Behavior in Atomically Thin WS2 Layers by Ionic Gating", Applied Physics Letters, 113, 013104 (2018).

    110. Chengxiao Peng, Guangzhao Qin, Lichuan Zhang, Guangbiao Zhang, Chao Wang, Yuli Yan, Yuanxu Wang,* and Ming Hu,* "Dependence of phonon transport properties with stacking thickness in layered ZnO", Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 51, 315303 (2018).

    109. Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Huimin Wang, and Ming Hu,* "Lone-Pair Electrons Induced Anomalous Enhancement of Thermal Transport in Strained Planar Two-Dimensional Materials", Nano Energy, 50, 425 (2018).

    108. Chengxiao Peng, Guangbiao Zhang, Chao Wang, Yuli Yan, Haiwu Zheng, Yuanxu Wang,* and Ming Hu,* "Improvement of Thermoelectricity through Magnetic Interactions in Layered Cr2Ge2Te6", Physica Status Solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters, 1800172 (2018).

    107. Zhenzhen Qin, Guangzhao Qin,* and Ming Hu,* "Origin of Anisotropic Negative Poisson’s Ratio in Graphene", Nanoscale, 10, 10365 (2018).

    106. Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Huimin Wang, and Ming Hu,* "On the Diversity in the Thermal Transport Properties of Graphene: A First-Principles-Benchmark Study Testing Different Exchange-Correlation Functionals", Computational Materials Science, 151, 153 (2018).

    105. Huimin Wang, Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Guojian Li, Qiang Wang,* and Ming Hu,* "Lone-pair Electrons do not Necessarily Lead to Low Lattice Thermal Conductivity: an Exception of Two-dimensional Penta-CN2", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 9, 2474 (2018).

    104. Zhi Liang* and Ming Hu,* "Tutorial: Determination of Thermal Boundary Resistance by Molecular Dynamics Simulations", Journal of Applied Physics, 123, 191101 (2018).

    103. Yufei Gao, Yanguang Zhou, Xiaoliang Zhang,* and Ming Hu,* "Extremely Low Thermal Conductivity of Polycrystalline Silicene", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 9220 (2018).

    102. Cuiping Yu, Wenbin Gong, Wei Tian,* Qichong Zhang, Yancui Xu, Ziyin Lin, Ming Hu, Xiaodong Fan, and Yagang Yao,* "Hot-pressing Induced Alignment of Boron Nitride in Polyurethane for Composite Films with Thermal Conductivity over 50 Wm−1 K−1", Composites Science and Technology, 160, 199 (2018).

    101. Yupeng Shen, Fancy Qian Wang, Jie Liu, Yaguang Guo, Xiaoyin Li, Guangzhao Qin, Ming Hu, and Qian Wang,* "A C20 fullerene-based sheet with ultrahigh thermal conductivity", Nanoscale, 10, 6099 (2018).

    100. Yang Han, Jia-Yue Yang, and Ming Hu,* "Unusual Strain Response of Thermal Transport in Dimerized Three-Dimensional Graphene", Nanoscale, 10, 5229 (2018).

    99. Yanguang Zhou,* Jia-Yue Yang, Long Cheng, and Ming Hu,* "Strong Anharmonic Phonon Scattering Induced Giant Reduction of Thermal Conductivity in PbTe Nanotwin Boundary", Physical Review B, 97, 085304 (2018).

    98. Yanguang Zhou, Zheyong Fan, Guangzhao Qin, Jia-Yue Yang, Tao Ouyang, and Ming Hu,* "Methodology Perspective of Computing Thermal Transport in Low-dimensional Materials and Nanostructures: the Old and the New", ACS Omega, 3, 3278 (2018). Invited Perspective

    97.Xufei Wu, Vikas Varshney, Jonghoon Jay Lee, Guangzhao Qin, Ming Hu, Ajit Roy, and Tengfei Luo,* "Bond Saturation Significantly Enhances Thermal Energy Transport in Two-Dimensional Pentagonal Materials", Nano Energy, 45, 1 (2018).

    96. Guangzhao Qin and Ming Hu,* "Accelerating Evaluation of Converged Lattice Thermal Conductivity", NPJ Computational Materials, 4, 3 (2018).

     

    2017

     

    95. Jia-Yue Yang, Long Cheng, and Ming Hu,* "Unravelling the Progressive Role of Rattlers in Thermoelectric Clathrate and Strategies for Performance Improvement: Concurrently Enhancing Electronic Transport and Blocking Phononic Transport", Applied Physics Letters, 111, 242101 (2017).

    94. Guangzhao Qin and Ming Hu,* "Thermal Transport in Phosphorene", Small, 14, 1702465 (2018). Invited Review

    93. Jian Han, Ben Xu,* Ming Hu, Y.-H. Lin, and W. Liu, "Analytical Study on the Size Effect of Phonon Spectral Energy Density Resolution", Computational Materials Science, 132, 6 (2017).

    92. Huimin Wang, Guangzhao Qin, Guojian Li, Qiang Wang,* and Ming Hu,* "Unconventional Thermal Transport Enhancement with Large Atom Mass: a Comparative Study of Two-dimensional Transition Dichalcogenides", 2D Materials, 5, 015022 (2018).

    91. Cheng Shao, Qingyuan Rong, Ming Hu, and Hua Bao,* "Probing the Phonon Surface Interaction by Wave Packet Simulation: Effect of Roughness and Morphology", Journal of Applied Physics, 122, 155104 (2017).

    90. Benhu Zhou,* Yufei Gao, Benliang Zhou, Yagang Yao, Guanghui Zhou,* and Ming Hu,* "Enhanced thermoelectric properties of the AGNR-GYNR heterojunctions", Physics Letters A, 381, 3766 (2017).

    89. Yufei Gao, Xiaoliang Zhang, Yanguang Zhou and Ming Hu,* "Giant Reduction in Thermal Conductivity of Extended Type-I Silicon Clathrates and Prominent Thermal Effect of 6d Guest Wyckoff Positions", Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5, 10578 (2017).

    88. Jun Zhang, Xiaona Wang, Cuiping Yu, Qiulong Li, Zhuo Li,* Chaowei Li, Huifen Lu, Qichong Zhang, Jingxin Zhao, Ming Hu and Yagang Yao,* "A Facile Method to Prepare Flexible Boron Nitride/poly(vinyl alcohol) Composites with Enhanced Thermal Conductivity", Composites Science and Technology, 149, 41 (2017).

    87. Guangzhao Qin and Ming Hu,* "Thermal Transport Properties of Monolayer Phosphorene: a Mini-review of Theoretical Studies", Frontiers in Energy, 12, 87 (2018).

    86. Yanguang Zhou,* Xiaojing Gong, Ben Xu and Ming Hu,* "First-Principles and Molecular Dynamics Study of Thermoelectric Transport Properties of N-type Silicon-based Superlattice-Nanocrystalline Heterostructures", Journal of Applied Physics, 122, 085105 (2017).

    85. Jia-Yue Yang and Ming Hu,* "Temperature Induced Large Broadening and Blueshift in the Electronic Band Structure and Optical Absorption of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 3720 (2017).

    84. Huifen Lu, Jun Zhang, Jie Luo, Wenbin Gong, Chaowei Li, Qiulong Li, Kai Zhang, Ming Hu, Yagang Yao,* "Enhanced Thermal Conductivity of Free-Standing 3D Hierarchical Carbon Nanotube-Graphene Hybrid Paper", Composites Part A, 102, 1 (2017).

    83. Benhu Zhou,* Benliang Zhou, Yagang Yao, Guanghui Zhou,* and Ming Hu,* "Spin-dependent Seebeck Effects in a Graphene Superlattice p-n Junction with Different Shapes", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29, 405303 (2017).

    82. Long Cheng, Qing-Bo Yan,* and Ming Hu,* "Role of Phonon-phonon and Electron-phonon Scattering in Thermal Transport in PdCoO2", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19, 21714 (2017).

    81. Yang Han, Yanguang Zhou, Guangzhao Qin, Jinming Dong, Douglas S. Galvao, and Ming Hu,* “Unprecedented Mechanical Response of the Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Auxetic Carbon Crystals”, Carbon, 122, 374 (2017).

    80. Yanguang Zhou, Xiaojing Gong, Ben Xu, and Ming Hu,* “Decouple Electronic and Phononic Transport in Nanotwinned Structure: A New Strategy for Enhancing the Figure-of-merit of Thermoelectrics”, Nanoscale, 9, 9987 (2017).

    79. Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Sheng-Ying Yue, Qing-Bo Yan, and Ming Hu,* “External Electric Field Driving Ultra-low Thermal Conductivity of Silicene”, Nanoscale, 9, 7227 (2017).

    78. Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Huimin Wang, and Ming Hu,* “Anomalously Temperature-dependent Thermal Conductivity of Monolayer GaN with Large Deviations from the Traditional 1/T Law”, Physical Review B, 95, 195416 (2017).

    77. Sheng-Ying Yue, Xiaoliang Zhang, Guangzhao Qin, Simon R. Phillpot,* and Ming Hu,* “A Metric for Strong Intrinsic Fourth-Order Phonon Anharmonicity”, Physical Review B, 95, 195203 (2017).

    76. Hui-Min Wang, Guangzhao Qin, Guojian Li, Qiang Wang,* and Ming Hu,* “Low Thermal Conductivity of Monolayer ZnO and its Anomalous Temperature Dependence”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19, 12882 (2017).

    75. Yanguang Zhou and Ming Hu,* “Full Quantification of Frequency Dependent Interfacial Thermal Conductance Contributed by Two- and Three-phonon Scattering Process from Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulation”, Physical Review B, 95, 115313 (2017).

    74. Zhenzhen Qin, Guangzhao Qin, Xu Zuo,* Zhihua Xiong,* and Ming Hu,* “Orbitally Driven Low Thermal Conductivity of Monolayer Gallium Nitride (GaN) with Planar Honeycomb Structure: a Comparative Study”, Nanoscale, 9, 4295 (2017).

    73. Sheng-Ying Yue, Guangzhao Qin, Xiaoliang Zhang, Xianlei Sheng, Gang Su,* and Ming Hu,* "Thermal Transport in Novel Carbon Allotropes with sp2 or sp3 Hybridization: an Ab Initio Study", Physical Review B, 95, 085207 (2017).

    72. Yanguang Zhou, Xiaoliang Zhang, and Ming Hu,* "Nonmonotonic Diameter Dependence of Thermal Conductivity of Extremely Thin Si Nanowires: Competition between Hydrodynamic Phonon Flow and Boundary Scattering", Nano Letters, 17, 1269 (2017).

    71. Huachao Yang, Xiaoliang Zhang, Jinyuan Yang, Zheng Bo,* Ming Hu,* Jianhua Yan, and Kefa Cen, "Molecular Origin of Electric Double-Layer Capacitors at Multilayer Graphene Edges", Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 153 (2017).

    70. Yanguang Zhou* and Ming Hu,* "Mechanical Behaviors of Nanocrystalline Cu/SiC Composites: an Atomistic Investigation", Computational Materials Science, 129, 129 (2017).

    69. Tao Ouyang,* Huaping Xiao, Chao Tang, Xiaoliang Zhang, Ming Hu,* and Jianxin Zhong, "First-principles Study of Thermal Transport in Nitrogenated Holey Graphene", Nanotechnology, 28, 045709 (2017).

     

    2016

     

    68. Jia-Yue Yang, Sheng-Ying Yue, and Ming Hu,* "Bidirectional Effect of Magnetic Field on Electronic Thermal Transport of Metals from All-Electron First-Principles Calculations", Physical Review B, 94, 235153 (2016).

    67. Jia-Yue Yang, Guangzhao Qin, and Ming Hu,* "Nontrivial Contribution of Fröhlich Electron-Phonon Interaction to Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Wurtzite GaN", Applied Physics Letters, 109, 242103 (2016).

    66. Guangzhao Qin, Xiaoliang Zhang, Sheng-Ying Yue, Zhenzhen Qin, Huimin Wang, Yang Han, and Ming Hu,* "Resonant Bonding Driven Giant Phonon Anharmonicity and Low Thermal Conductivity of Phosphorene", Physical Review B, 94, 165445 (2016).

    65. Xiaoliang Zhang, Xiaojing Gong, Yanguang Zhou, and Ming Hu,* "Tailoring Thermal Conductivity of AlN Films by Periodically Aligned Surface Nano-grooves", Applied Physics Letters, 109, 133107 (2016).

    64. Sheng-Ying Yue, Xiaoliang Zhang, Guangzhao Qin, Jiayue Yang, and Ming Hu,* "Insight into the Collective Vibrational Modes Driving Ultra-low Thermal Conductivity of Perovskite Solar Cells", Physical Review B, 94, 115427 (2016).

    63. Yanguang Zhou and Ming Hu,* "Record Low Thermal Conductivity of Polycrystalline Si Nanowire: Breaking the Casimir Limit by Severe Suppression of Propagons", Nano Letters, 16, 6178 (2016). Media report: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-thermoelectric-silicon-material-record-low-thermal.html

    62. Ying Pan, Ye Tao, Guangzhao Qin, Yuriy Fedoryshyn, Shyamprasad N. Raja, Ming Hu, Christian L. Degen, and Dimos Poulikakos,* "Surface Chemical Tuning of Phonon and Electron Transport in Free-Standing Silicon Nanowire Arrays", Nano Letters, 16, 6364 (2016).

    61. Sheng-Ying Yue, Xiaoliang Zhang, Stephen Stackhouse, Guangzhao Qin, Edoardo Di Napoli, and Ming Hu,* "Methodology for Determining the Electronic Thermal Conductivity of Metals via Direct Non-Equilibrium Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics", Physical Review B, 94, 075149 (2016).

    60. Yang Han, Jinming Dong, Guangzhao Qin, and Ming Hu,* "Phonon Transport in Ground State of Two-dimensional Silicon and Germanium", RSC Advances, 6, 69956 (2016).

    59. Guo Hong, Yang Han, Thomas M. Schutzius, Yuming Wang, Ying Pan, Ming Hu, Jiansheng Jie, Chander S. Sharma, Ulrich Müller, and Dimos Poulikakos,* "On the Mechanism of Hydrophilicity of Graphene", Nano Letters, 16, 4447 (2016).

    58. Huake Liu, Guangzhao Qin, Yuan Lin, and Ming Hu,* "Disparate Strain Dependent Thermal Conductivity of Two-dimensional Penta-Structures", Nano Letters, 16, 3831 (2016).

    57. Tao Ouyang,* Huaping Xiao, Chao Tang, Ming Hu,* and Jianxin Zhong, "Anisotropic Thermal Transport in Weyl Semimetal TaAs: a First-principles Calculation", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 16709 (2016).

    56. Eungkyu Lee, Teng Zhang, Ming Hu, and Tengfei Luo,* "Thermal Boundary Conductance Enhancement using Experimentally Achievable Nanostructured Interfaces – Analytical Study Combined with Molecular Dynamics Simulation", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 16794 (2016).

    55. Yanguang Zhou, Yagang Yao, and Ming Hu,* "Boundary Scattering Effect on Thermal Conductivity of Nanowires", Semiconductor Science and Technology, 31, 074004 (2016).

    54. Yang Han, Guangzhao Qin, Christoph Jungemann,* and Ming Hu,* "Strain Modulated Electronic and Thermal Transport Properties of Two-dimensional O-silica", Nanotechnology, 27, 265706 (2016).

    53. Guangzhao Qin, Zhenzhen Qin, Wu-Zhang Fang, Li-Chuan Zhang, Sheng-Ying Yue, Qing-Bo Yan,* Ming Hu,* and Gang Su,* "Diverse Anisotropy of Phonon Transport in Two-dimensional Group IV-VI Compounds: A Comparative Study", Nanoscale, 8, 11306 (2016).

    52. Yanguang Zhou, Yuli Chen, and Ming Hu,* "Strong Surface Orientation Dependent Thermal Transport in Si Nanowires", Scientific Reports, 6, 24903 (2016).

    51. Xiaoliang Zhang, Yufei Gao, Yuli Chen, and Ming Hu,* "Robustly Engineering Thermal Conductivity of Bilayer Graphene by Interlayer Bonding", Scientific Reports, 6, 22011 (2016).

    50. Han Xie, Tao Ouyang, Éric Germaneau, Guangzhao Qin, Ming Hu,* and Hua Bao,* "Large Tunability of Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Monolayer Silicene via Mechanical Strain", Physical Review B, 93, 075404 (2016).

    49. Yanguang Zhou, Xiaoliang Zhang, and Ming Hu,* “Excellent Candidate for Largely Reducing Interfacial Thermal Resistance: Nano-confined Mass Graded Interface”, Nanoscale, 8, 1994 (2016).

     

    2015

     

    48. Tao Ouyang and Ming Hu,* “Competing Mechanism Driving Diverse Pressure Dependence of Thermal Conductivity of XTe (X = Hg, Cd, and Zn)”, Physical Review B, 92, 235204 (2015).

    47. Yanguang Zhou and Ming Hu,* “Quantitatively Analyzing Phonon Spectral Contribution of Thermal Conductivity Based on Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulation II: From Time Fourier Transform”, Physical Review B, 92, 195205 (2015).

    46. Yanguang Zhou, Xiaoliang Zhang, and Ming Hu,* “Quantitatively Analyzing Phonon Spectral Contribution of Thermal Conductivity Based on Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulation I: From Space Fourier Transform”, Physical Review B, 92, 195204 (2015).

    45. Yang Han and Ming Hu,* “Ground State of Bilayer hα-silica: Mechanical and Electronic Properties”, Nanotechnology, 26, 505702 (2015).

    44. Yanguang Zhou,* Weiwei Wang, and Ming Hu, “The typical manners of dynamic crack propagation along the metal/ceramics interfaces: A molecular dynamics study”, Computational Materials Science, 112, 27 (2016).

    43. Sheng-Ying Yue, Tao Ouyang, and Ming Hu,* “Diameter Dependence of Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Study from Ab Initio”, Scientific Reports, 5, 15440 (2015).

    42. Yingyan Zhang,* Qing-Xiang Pei, Ming Hu, and Zhi Zong, “Thermal Conductivity of Oxidized Gama-Graphyne”, RSC Advances, 5, 65221 (2015).

    41. Tao Ouyang and Ming Hu,* “First-principles Study on Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Thermoelectrics HgTe in Different Phases”, Journal of Applied Physics, 117, 245101 (2015).

    40. Ming Hu,* Yuhang Jing, and Xiaoliang Zhang, “Low Thermal Conductivity of Graphyne Nanotubes from Molecular Dynamics Study”, Physical Review B, 91, 155408 (2015).

    39. Yufei Gao, Xiaoliang Zhang, Yuhang Jing, and Ming Hu,* “The Unexpected Non-monotonic Inter-layer Bonding Dependence of the Thermal Conductivity of Bilayered Boron Nitride”, Nanoscale, 7, 7143 (2015).

    38. Matthew C. Wingert, Soonshin Kwon, Ming Hu, Dimos Poulikakos,* Jie Xiang,* and Renkun Chen,* “Sub-Amorphous Thermal Conductivity in Ultra-Thin Crystalline Silicon Nanotubes”, Nano Letters, 15, 2605 (2015).

    37. Xiaoliang Zhang, Hua Bao,* and Ming Hu,* “Bilateral Substrate Effect on the Thermal Conductivity of Two-dimensional Silicon”, Nanoscale, 7, 6014 (2015).

    36. Yuhang Jing, Ming Hu,* Yufei Gao, Licheng Guo, and Yi Sun, “On the Origin of Abnormal Phonon Transport of Graphyne”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 85, 880 (2015).

    35. Guangzhao Qin, Qing-Bo Yan,* Zhenzhen Qin, Sheng-Ying Yue, Ming Hu,* and Gang Su,* “Anisotropic Intrinsic Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Phosphorene from First Principles”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 4854 (2015).

    34. Tao Ouyang, Xiaoliang Zhang, and Ming Hu,* “Thermal Conductivity of Ordered-Disordered Material: a Case Study of Superionic Ag2Te”, Nanotechnology, 26, 025702 (2015).

    33. Yanguang Zhou, Yuli Chen,* Bin Liu, Shengtao Wang, Zhenyu Yang, and Ming Hu, “Mechanics of Nanoscale Wrinkling of Graphene on a Non-developable Surface”, Carbon, 84, 263 (2015).

     

    2014

     

    32. Tao Ouyang and Ming Hu,* “Thermal Transport and Thermoelectric Properties of Beta-Graphyne Nanostructures”, Nanotechnology, 25, 245401 (2014).

    31. Han Xie, Ming Hu,* and Hua Bao,* “Thermal Conductivity of Silicene from First-principles”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 131906 (2014).

    30. Xiaoliang Zhang, Han Xie, Ming Hu,* Hua Bao,* Shengying Yue, Guangzhao Qin, and Gang Su, “Thermal Conductivity of Silicene Calculated Using an Optimized Stillinger-Weber Potential”, Physical Review B, 89, 054310 (2014).

    29. Hua Bao,* Cheng Shao, Shirui Luo, and Ming Hu,* “Enhancement of Interfacial Thermal Transport by Carbon Nanotube-Graphene Junction”, Journal of Applied Physics, 115, 053524 (2014).

     

    2013

     

    28. Yuhang Jing and Ming Hu,* “Phonon Transport of Rough Si/Ge Superlattice Nanotubes”, Computers, Materials, & Continua, 38, 43 (2013).

    27. Yuhang Jing, Ming Hu,* and Licheng Guo, “Thermal Conductivity of Hybrid Graphene/Silicon Heterostructures”, Journal of Applied Physics, 114, 153518 (2013).

    26. Ming Hu,* Xiaoliang Zhang, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Anomalous Thermal Response of Silicene to Uniaxial Stretching”, Physical Review B, 87, 195417 (2013).

    25. Xiaoliang Zhang, Ming Hu, and Dawei Tang,* “Thermal Rectification at Silicon/Horizontally Aligned Carbon Nanotube Interfaces”, Journal of Applied Physics, 113, 194307 (2013).

    24. Ming Hu and Dimos Poulikakos,* “Graphene Mediated Thermal Resistance Reduction at Strongly Coupled Interfaces”, International Journal of Heat Mass Transfer, 62, 205 (2013).

     

    2012

     

    23. Ming Hu* and Dimos Poulikakos, “Si/Ge Superlattice Nanowires with Ultra-Low Thermal Conductivity”, Nano Letters, 12, 5487, (2012).

    22. Xiaoliang Zhang, Ming Hu,* and Dimos Poulikakos, “A Low Frequency Wave Motion Mechanism Enables Efficient Energy Transport in Carbon Nanotubes at High Heat Fluxes”, Nano Letters, 12, 3410 (2012).

    21. Xiaoliang Zhang, Ming Hu,* Konstantinos P. Giapis, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Schemes for and Mechanisms of Reduction in Thermal Conductivity in Nanostructured Thermoelectrics”, Journal of Heat Transfer, 134, 102402 (2012).

     

    2011

     

    20. Ming Hu, Xiaoliang Zhang, Costas P. Grigoropoulos, and Dimos Poulikakos,* “Large “Near Junction” Thermal Resistance Reduction in Electronics by Interface Nanoengineering”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54, 5183 (2011).

    19. Ming Hu,* Xiaoliang Zhang, Konstantinos P. Giapis, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Thermal Conductivity Reduction in Core-Shell Nanowires”, Physical Review B, 84, 085442 (2011).

    18. Ming Hu,* Konstantinos P. Giapis, Javier V. Goicochea, Xiaoliang Zhang, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Significant Reduction of Thermal Conductivity in Si/Ge Core-Shell Nanowires”, Nano Letters, 11, 618 (2011).

    17. Ming Hu,* Konstantinos P. Giapis, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Interfacial Mixing during Annealing of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Pairs”, Applied Physics Letters, 98, 211904 (2011).

    16. Javier V. Goicochea,* Ming Hu, Bruno Michel, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Surface Functionalization Mechanisms of Enhancing Heat Transfer at Solid-Liquid Interfaces”, Journal of Heat Transfer, 133, 082401 (2011).

     

    2010

     

    15. Ming Hu,* Konstantinos P. Giapis, Javier V. Goicochea, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Surface Segregation of Bimetallic Alloys in Nanoscale Confinement”, Applied Physics Letters, 97, 153107 (2010).

    14. Ming Hu,* Javier V. Goicochea, Bruno Michel, and Dimos Poulikakos, “Water Nanoconfinement Induced Thermal Enhancement at Hydrophilic Quartz Interfaces”, Nano Letters, 10, 279 (2010).

    13. Ming Hu,* Dimos Poulikakos,* Costas P. Grigoropoulos, and Heng Pan, “Recrystallization of Picosecond Laser-melted ZnO Nanoparticles in a Liquid: a Molecular Dynamics Study”, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 132, 164504 (2010).

    12. Lin Hu, Lifa Zhang, Ming Hu, Jian-Sheng Wang, Baowen Li, and Pawel Keblinski,* “Phonon Interference at Self-assembled Monolayer Interfaces: Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, Physical Review B, 81, 235427 (2010).

     

    2005 - 2009

     

    11. Ming Hu,* Javier V. Goicochea, Bruno Michel, and Dimos Poulikakos,* “Thermal Rectification at Water Functionalized Silica Interfaces”, Applied Physics Letters, 95, 151903 (2009).

    10. Ming Hu,* Pawel Keblinski,* and Patrick Schelling, “Kapitza Conductance of Silicon-amorphous Polyethylene Interfaces by Molecular Dynamics Simulation”, Physical Review B, 79, 104305 (2009).

    9. Ming Hu,* Pawel Keblinski,* Jian-Sheng Wang and Nachiket Raravikar, “Interfacial Thermal Conductance between Silicon and a Vertical Carbon Nanotube”, Journal of Applied Physics, 104, 083583 (2008).

    8. Ming Hu,* Pawel Keblinski,* and Baowen Li, “Thermal Rectification at Silicon-amorphous Polyethylene Interface”, Applied Physics Letters, 92, 211908 (2008).

    7. Haiying Wang,* Ming Hu, Mengfen Xia, Fujiu Ke, and Yilong Bai, “Molecular/cluster Statistical Thermodynamics Methods to Simulate Quasi-static Deformations at Finite Temperature”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 45, 3918 (2008).

    6. Ming Hu,* Sergei Shenogin, and Pawel Keblinski,* “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Interfacial Thermal Conductance between Silicon and Amorphous Polyethylene”, Applied Physics Letters, 91, 241910 (2007).

    5. Ming Hu,* Sergei Shenogin, Pawel Keblinski,* and Nachiket Raravikar, “Air Flow through Carbon Nanotube Arrays”, Applied Physics Letters, 91, 131905 (2007).

    4. Ming Hu,* Sergei Shenogin, Pawel Keblinski,* and Nachiket Raravikar, “Thermal Energy Exchange between Carbon Nanotube and Air”, Applied Physics Letters, 90, 231905 (2007).

    3. Haiying Wang, Ming Hu, Nan Liu, Mengfen Xia, Fujiu Ke, and Yilong Bai,* “Multi-scale Analysis of AFM Tip and Surface Interactions”, Chemical Engineering Science, 62, 3589 (2007).

    2. Ming Hu, Haiying Wang, Mengfen Xia, Fujiu Ke, Yilong Bai,* “Nonlocality Effect in Atomic Force Microcopy Measurement and its Reduction by an Approaching Method”, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 127, 444 (2005).

    1. Ming Hu, Haiying Wang, Mengfen Xia, Fujiu Ke, Yilong Bai,* “Equivalency and Locality in Nano-scale Measurement”, International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation, 6, 235 (2005).

  • TEACHING

    Bachelor-level Courses

    • EMCH260 “Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids“, Spring Semester 2019, University of South Carolina
    • EMCH260 “Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids“, Fall Semester 2018, University of South Carolina
    • “Computer Simulation of Materials”, Winter Semester 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017, RWTH Aachen University

    Master-level Courses

    • “Transport Phenomena I”, Winter Semester 2016 / 2017, RWTH Aachen University
    • “Transport Phenomena II”, Summer Semester 2017, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Thermophysics of Low-dimensional Materials”, Summer Semester 2017, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Introduction to Molecular Simulation”, Summer Semester 2016, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Introduction to Molecular Dynamics Simulation”, Winter Semester 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Computational Materials Science”, Winter Semester 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Fundamentals of Materials Interface and Interface Engineering”, Summer Semester 2015 / 2016 / 2017, RWTH Aachen University 
    • “Principles and Engineering Applications of Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, Fall Semester 2010 / 2011 / 2012, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
  • LAB OPENINGS

    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: We are looking for highly motivated undergraduate students to join our lab. Being an interdisciplinary group, we have projects for students with different background and interests. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to publish their research results. Computational programming skill and English would be strong plus.
    • Graduate students with a background in mathematics, mechanical engineering (especially heat transfer), materials science, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry or related fields are welcome to get in touch. Prior experience in the related areas is NOT a must. We welcome students to apply China Scholarship Council (CSC) fellowships and we will provide financial support of full tuition!
    • Postdoc: We currently do not have postdoc openings. Interested postdoc candidates can get in touch, and we will contact you once new positions are available.
    • Visiting scholars are welcome to contact Prof. Ming Hu to discuss projects of mutual interest.

  • Lab Alumni @ University of South Carolina, USA

  • Lab Alumni @ RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    2013.03 - 2016.10 Post-doc

     

    Associate Professor

    Dalian University of Technology, China

    2013.10 - 2015.10 Post-doc

     

    Associate Professor

    Xiangtan University, China

    2014.07 - 2017.10 PhD student

     

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    2014.10 - 2018.02 PhD student

     

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

    Dr. Yang Han

    2014.11 - 2016.10 Post-doc

     

    Associate Professor

    Harbin Engineering University, China

    Dr. Huake Liu

    2015.03 - 2017.03 Visiting PhD student

     

    Lecture

    Southwest University, China

    2015.08 - 2018.07 PhD student

     

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    University of South Carolina, USA

    Dr. Huimin Wang

    2015.10 - 2017.10 Visiting PhD student

     

    PhD candidate

    Northeastern University, China

    Dr. Jiayue Yang

    2015.12 - 2019.02 Post-doc

     

    Professor

    Shandong University

    Ms. Biyao Wu

    2016.02 - 2019.02 PhD student

     

    PhD candidate

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    Dr. Huachao Yang

    2016.03 - 2017.03 Visiting PhD student

     

    PhD candicate

    Zhejiang University, China

    Dr. Benhu Zhou

    2016.03 - 2017.03 Visiting scholar

     

    Associate Professor

    Shaoyang University, China

    2016.07 - 2016.09 Visiting scholar

     

    Assistant Professor

    Tsinghua University, China

    Mr. Yandong Sun

    2016.08 - 2017.01 Visiting Master student

     

    PhD student

    Tsinghua University, China

    2016.11 - 2017.08 Post-doc

     

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    University of Texas at Austin, USA

    2017.02 - present PhD student

     

    PhD candidate

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    Mr. Farzad Shirazian

    2017.02 - present PhD student

     

    PhD candidate

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    Mr. Lichuan Zhang

    2017.03 - present PhD student

     

    PhD candidate

    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    Dr. Chengxiao Peng

    2017.03 - 2018.02 Visiting scholar

     

    Associate Professor

    Henan University, China

    Dr. Yufei Gao

    2017.03 - 2018.02 Visiting scholar

     

    Associate Professor

    Dalian University of Technology, China

    2017.11 - 2018.06 Post-doc

     

    Lecture

    Zhengzhou University, China

    Mr. Lincan Fang

    2018.03 - 2018.08 PhD student

     

    PhD student

    Aalto University, Finland