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Our group's interests are focused on new nanomaterials as well as micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for new applications in energy conversion, microflyers, and otehr areas. We recently invented plate mechanical metamaterials, and used this concept to create the thinnest plates that can be picked up by hand. We also design and test new types of energy devices, such as microfabricated thermionic energy converters, which convert heat directly to electricity at very high temperatures by literally boiling electrons off a surface and using them as a “working fluid” in a heat engine. Our group is interdisciplinary, engaged in research at the intersections of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, and applied physics.

We have an opening for a postdoc to work on an exciting new project in microrobotics amd contribute to other research projects, such as photophoretic levitation and thermionic energy conversion. Unfortunately, due to the DARPA funding restrictions, we can only consider US citizens and permanent residents for this position. Please contact Prof. Bargatin for details if you are interested.