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Prof. Bargatin's research interests are focused on micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for new applications in energy conversion, optics, and smart materials. We design and test new types of 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. We are currently building a multidisciplinary group at Penn, engaged in research at the intersections of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and applied physics.


  • We are looking for motivated new group members: see Openings