Micro/nano-structured materials offer significantly new opportunities for high efficiency devices and systems for energy harvesting, conversion and storage. There is, however, a tremendous gap between the proof-of-principle demonstrations at small scale and the intrinsically large scale real-world energy systems and sustainable applications. In this talk, I will give an overview of our research and, more specifically, present our recent development on how judiciously structured photonic materials address the challenge of the tremendous power hungry for space cooling and promote photosynthesis and crop yield in greenhouses.
Bio: Dr. Xiaobo Yin received his PhD from Stanford University in 2008 and is currently the Bruce S. Anderson Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America. His research focuses on nanostructured optical materials, radiative heat transfer, high temperature materials, and scalable manufacturing. He authored and co-authored more than 100 journal publications with ~ 15,000 citations. He is one of the most highly cited researchers named by Clarivate Analytics. His works have been featured on numerous media outlets including Nature, Science, Physics Today, Scientific American, the Economists, and Forbes. He is a recipient of the 2015 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2017 Moore Inventor Fellowships, and the 2017 Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship of Materials Science. His recent work on passive radiative cooling was named as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of year 2017 by Institute of Physics (IOP) Physics World and the top 10 most reviewed news by the Economists.