Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (480)727-8615
Office: ERC 327 (Map)


Dr. Liping Wang is currently a tenure-track assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University (ASU) since August 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree at University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and master’s degree at Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007, both in mechanical engineering. After that, he joined  Professor Zhuomin Zhang’s group in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology to study nanoscale radiative heat transfer. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2011, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow for six months in Professor Zhang’s group before his appointment at ASU.

His research mainly focuses on the fundamental understanding of different physical mechanisms such as surface plasmon, magnetic resonance, and wave interference in selective control of thermal emission with an emphasis on the energy-harvesting applications such as nanophotonics and thermophotovoltaics.

He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers and presentations at international and national conferences including several invited talks. He was the recipient of the 2010 Hartnett-Irvine Best Paper Award from the International Centre of Heat and Mass Transfer, and the winner of the ASME NanoEngineering Council Award for top NanoEngineering in Energy & Sustainability Poster at ASME IMECE’ 2011. He was the one of finalists for the institute-wide 2012 Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award and CETL/BP Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at Georgia Tech. Wang is also actively participating the conference organizing and other professional services. He served as the Assistant to the Program Chair and co-chaired a technical session at 2012 ASME 3rd Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference. He is also a reviewer for several international conferences including ASME Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference and International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, and top heat transfer journals such as ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2011)
Advisor: Professor Zhuomin Zhang [Dissertation]

M.S., Refrigeration & Cryogenic Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese  Academy of Sciences (2007)

B.E., Thermal Science &Energy Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (2004)

Research Interests

Selective control of thermal emission/absorption using meta-materials for energy harvesting. Near-field radiation heat transfer enhancement between meta-materials for thermophotovoltaic. Plasmonic-enhanced light trapping in Si thin film or Si nanowire arrays for photovoltaic. Nanophotonics, thermal system modeling, electronic cooling and optical characterization.

Graduate Faculties

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  •  Hartnett-Irvine Best Paper Award from the International Centre of Heat and Mass Transfer – 2010
  • ASME NanoEngineering Council Award – 2011