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.

Zhenyu Pan


PhD student

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering


Zhenyu joint the group in 2017. He graduated from Tsinghua University, China. He works on transport properties measurement and modeling. In his spare time, he loves traveling and playing table tennis

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 the thermodynamics and transport properties of  intermetallic half-Heusler and Heusler compounds

Xudong Xiao


M. S. student

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering


Xudong graduated from Huaqiao University, China, and is pursuing a Masters of Engineering degree in Materials Engineering at IIT. He enjoys travel and sports in his spare time.

Past group members

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 student, 2018)

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