Keivan Esfarjani

Associate Professor

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Website: Keivan Esfarjani’s website


Keivan Esfarjani  is an expert in first principles calculations of electron and phonon transport in bulk, nanostructures, and carbon nanotubes. He is the author of a widely read and cited book on computational materials science published by Springer in 2001; and more than 100 review and journal articles. His work on carbon nanotube p-n junctions, electronic cloaking, first principles calculations of thermal conductivity, observation of coherent phonons, and explanation of phonon softening in PbTe has attracted much attention from the scientific community and has been featured in the news.

Dr. Esfarjani started his education in France, where he obtained his Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris and MSc in solid state physics from University of Paris 7. He then came to the US for a PhD in Theoretical condensed matter physics at the University of Delaware. Following a postdoc at Washington University in Saint Louis, he had been assistant and then associate professor at the Institute for Materials Research of the Tohoku University, where the main theme of his research was materials properties modeling from first-principles. This was followed by a 4 years stay at the Sharif University, a visiting associate professorship at UC Santa Cruz, until he moved to the Mechanical Engineering Department of MIT as a research Scientist to work on modeling thermoelectricity, heat transport and related phenomena from first-principles. He is presently pursuing his research interests in the fields of cooling, energy conversion and storage, near-field radiation, and basically in heat management.

Research Interests

Keivan performs atomistic modeling of materials properties from first-principles. His main focus is in solid-state energy conversion in thermoelectric and thermionic devices, phase-change materials for heat storage, and the problem of near-field radiation.