Tao Deng


2024.03.06 16:00-17:30


Thermal energy is one of the most abundant energy forms on earth, and many biological systems also rely on thermal energy for their survival and evolution. The learning from nature and the inspiration from biological systems provide a promising approach in developing advanced thermal materials. In this presentation I will discuss the recent development of bioinspired thermal materials in our research group, including bioinspired thermal energy conversion and detection materials and systems.


Dr. Deng is the Dean of the Graduate School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and also the Zhi Yuan Chair Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at SJTU. In 1996, Dr. Deng graduated from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China with a B.S. in Materials Chemistry. From 1996-2001, Dr. Deng studied unconventional micro/nano fabrication processes and systems at the Department of Chemistry in Harvard University. After obtaining his PhD degree from Harvard University, he joined MIT as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with research focusing on micro/nano photonics. After completing his postdoctoral training at MIT, he joined the Global Research Center of General Electric (GE) at Niskayuna, New York in 2003. He spent nine years at GE’s Central Laboratory, moving up the ladder from research scientist to lead scientist and senior scientist. His research at GE’s Central Laboratory centered on developing solutions based on advanced materials for a broad range of GE’s businesses, including GE Industrial, GE Power, GE Water, GE Health Care, and GE Transportation. In the summer of 2012, he moved back to academic research and joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His current research focuses on energy materials and systems inspired by biological systems. Dr. Deng has more than 200 publications that include publications in Science, Nature Energy, and PNAS. He also has more than 80 patents and patent applications.

Dr. Deng is a board member of the Chinese Materials Research Society (CMRS). He also served as the Conference Co-Chair for the 2017 US MRS Fall Meeting, Chair of First IUMRS Asia Advanced Materials Summit in 2021, and the Conference Co-Chair for the 2022 International Conference on Frontier Materials. He currently serves as the Associate Editor for Chemical Reviews and serves on the Editorial Board of Progress in Natural Science: Materials International.