CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

News

Mechanical Engineering Professor Makes Headlines with MIT Postdoctoral Research

By: 

Melanie Ziems
Hadi Ghasemi
Hadi Ghasemi

Hadi Ghasemi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is relatively new to the Cullen College of Engineering, but his postdoctoral work performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is making headlines even after his move to the Lone Star State.

While at MIT, Ghasemi developed a new, cheap material that converts sunlight into steam. The material consists of a thin double-layered disc: the bottom layer is a spongy carbon foam that is both a flotation device and a thermal insulator, and the top layer is made up of graphite flakes that were exfoliated using a microwave.

When sunlight hits the graphite, hot spots draw water up through the carbon foam via capillary action, and when the water hits the hot spot, there is enough heat to create steam.

Ghasemi’s work is detailed in a new Extreme Tech article, “MIT creates graphite ‘solar sponge’ that converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency.” Read the full article here.

Faculty: 

Department: 

Related News Stories

Texas Veteran Achieves Dreams of Space and Engineering

Texas veteran Dwight Theriot lands his dream job at NASA with the help of a UH mechanical engineering degree.

Meet Dwight Theriot, UH Cullen College 2018-2019 Outstanding Senior

 

2018-2019 Cullen College Outstanding Senior
Dwight Theriot
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Mechanical Engineering
GPA: 3.84

Dwight Theriot, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, discovered his passion for engineering by accident while serving as an intelligence and security officer in Iraq in 2009.

UH Research Breakthrough Lands Journal Cover

UH engineers land on the cover of the journal Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications.

Flexible, Low-Cost Solar Cell Device Key to Affordable Energy

The journal Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications featured an article on the collaborative work of two UH Cullen College of Engineering research groups on its cover in January.