Professor Asegun Henry
Assistant Professor & Director of the ASE Research Group
Dr. Asegun Henry is an Assistant Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 under the supervision of Professor Gang Chen and started at Georgia Tech in April 2012. He also holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Florida A & M University and a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. Dr. Henry’s primary research background is in heat transfer, with a specific emphasis on understanding energy transport storage and conversion at the atomic level. His Ph.D. research focused on understanding phonon transport in individual polymer chains based on theoretical insights gained from molecular dynamics simulations. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Asegun also worked as a postdoc in the materials theory group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developing an approach to predict the thermal conductivity of materials fully from first principles. After ORNL, he then went on to work as a postdoc in the materials science department at Northwestern University, where he studied the thermodynamic properties of reactive oxides for use in high temperature solar thermochemical reactors. After Northwestern, Asegun worked as a fellow in the advanced research projects agency – energy (ARPA-E), where he focused on identifying new program areas, such as higher efficiency, lower cost solar and thermal energy conversion and storage.
Dr. Henry’s current research interests include: Utility scale renewable energy technology development, concentrated solar thermochemical energy conversion and reactor design; Concentrated solar thermal energy conversion and high temperature receiver design; Experimental and theoretical modeling of high temperature material/thermodynamic properties; High temperature thermal storage and thermochemical energy storage; Atomistic level modeling to study nanoscale energy and transport, phonon transport in bulk materials and at interfaces, high thermal conductivity polymers and ceramics; Molecular dynamics, first principles modeling, density functional theory.