Asegun Henry

  • Program Years: 2005-2009
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Nanoscale Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion
  • Academic Advisor: Gang Chen
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2006)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
    M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Florida A&M University, 2004

Current Status

  • Status: Associate Professor, Massachusetss Institute of Technology
  • Research Area: Renewable Energy, Atomistic Level Heat Transfer, First Principles Electronic Structure Calculations
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[1] A. Henry and G. Chen, Spectral Phonon Transport Properties of Silicon Based on Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Lattice Dynamics, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci., 5, 141-152 (2008). - [Over 400 citations – Google Scholar]

[2] A. Henry and G. Chen, High Thermal Conductivity of Single Polyethylene Chains Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 235502 (2008). - [Over 240 citations – Google Scholar]

[3] A. Henry and G. Chen, Anomalous heat conduction in polyethylene chains: Theory and molecular dynamics simulations, Phys. Rev. B, 79, 144305 (2009). - [Over 125 citations – Google Scholar]

[4] A. Henry and G. Chen, Explicit Treatment of Hydrogen in Thermal Simulations of Polyethylene, J. Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 13, 2, 99-108 (2009).

[5] M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Chen, Z. F. Ren, G. Dresselhaus, A. Henry, J.-P. Fleurial, New Composite Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications, JOM, 61, 4, 86 (2009).

[6] S. Shen, A. Henry, J. Tong, R. Zheng, G. Chen, Polyethylene nanofibres with very high thermal conductivities, Nature Nanotechnology, 5, 251 - 255 (2010) - [Over 415 citations – Google Scholar]

[7] V. R. Cooper, A. Henry, S. Takagi, D. J. Singh, First principles prediction of a morphotropic phase boundary in the Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-(Bi1/2Sr1/2)(Zn1/2Nb1/2)O3 alloy, Appl. Phys. Lett., 98, 122903 (2011).

[8] T. Luo, K. Esfarjani, J. Shiomi, A. Henry, and G. Chen, Molecular dynamics simulation of thermal energy transport in polydimethylsiloxane, Journal of Applied Physics, 109, 074321-1-6 (2011).

[9] Z. Tian, K. Esfarjani, J. Shiomi, A. Henry, G. Chen, On the importance of optical phonons to thermal conductivity in nanostructures, Applied Physics Letters, 99, 053122-1-3 (2011).

[10] Y. Chalopin, K. Esfarjani, A. Henry, S. Volz, and G. Chen, Thermal interface conductance in Si/Ge superlattices by equilibrium molecular dynamics, Phys. Rev. B 85, 195302 (2012).

[11] N. Yang, T. Luo, K. Esfarjani, A. Henry, Z. Tian, J. Shiomi, Y. Chalopin, B. Li, G. Chen, Thermal Interface Conductance between Aluminum and Silicon by Molecular Dynamics Simulations, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci., 12, 2, 168-174 (2014).

[12] V. Singh, T. L. Bougher, A. Weathers, Y. Cai, K. Bi, M. T. Pettes, S. A. McMenamin, W. Lv, D. P. Resler, T. R. Gattuso, D. H. Altman, K. H. Sandhage, L. Shi, A. Henry and B. A. Cola, High Thermal Conductivity of Chain-Oriented Amorphous Polythiophene, Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 384-390 (2014). [Over 130 citations – Google Scholar]

[13] A. Henry, R. Prasher, The Prospect of Solid State Energy Conversion to Reduce the Cost of Concentrated Solar Power, Energy & Environmental Science, 7, 1819-1828 (2014).

[14] K. Gordiz, D. J. Singh, A. Henry, Ensemble Averaging vs. Time averaging in Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Thermal Conductivity, Journal of Applied Physics, 117, 045104 (2015).

[15] K. Gordiz, A. Henry, A formalism for calculating the modal contributions to thermal interface conductance, New Journal of Physics, 17, 103002 (2015).

[16] C. Yuan, C. Jarrett, W. Chueh, Y. Kawajiri, A. Henry, A New Solar Fuels Reactor Concept Based on a Liquid Metal Heat Transfer Fluid: Reactor Design and Efficiency Estimation, Journal of Solar Energy, 122, 547-561 (2015).

[17] K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Examining the Effects of Stiffness and Mass Difference on the Thermal Interface Conductance Between Lennard-Jones Solids, Scientific Reports, 5, 18361 (2015).

[18] Z. Liu, Y. Liu, Y. Chang, H. R. Seyf, A. Henry; A. L. Mattheyses, K. Yehl, Y. Zhang, Z. Huang, K. Salaita, Nanoscale Optomechanical Actuators for Controlling Mechanotransduction in Living Cells, Nature Methods, 13, 143-146 (2016).

[19] C. Jarrett, W. Chueh, C. Yuan, Y. Kawajiri, K. H. Sandhage, A. Henry, Critical Limitations on the Efficiency of Two-Step Thermochemical Cycles, Journal of Solar Energy, 123, 57-73 (2015).

[20] C. Yuan, C. Jarrett, W. Chueh, Y. Kawajiri, A. Henry, A New Solar Fuels Reactor Concept Based on a Liquid Metal Heat Transfer Fluid: Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis, Journal of Thermal Engineering, 2, 4, 4, 837-852 (2016).

[21] W. Lv, A. Henry, Direct Calculation of Modal Contributions to Thermal Conductivity via Green-Kubo Modal Analysis: Crystalline and Amorphous Silicon, New Journal of Physics, 18, 013028 (2016).

[22] K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Phonon Transport at Interfaces: Determining the Correct Modes of Vibration, Journal of Applied Physics, 119, 015101 (2016).

[23] K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Phonon Transport at Crystalline Si/Ge Interfaces: The Role of Interfacial Modes of Vibration, Scientific Reports, 6, 23139 (2016).

[24] W. Lv, A. Henry, Phonon Transport in Amorphous Carbon Using Green-Kubo Modal Analysis, Applied Physics Letters, 108, 181905 (2016).

[25] K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Interface Conductance Modal Analysis of Lattice Matched InGaAs/InP, Applied Physics Letters, 108, 181606 (2016).

[26] H. R. Seyf, A. Henry, Thermophotovoltaics: a potential pathway to high efficiency concentrated solar power, Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 2654-2665 (2016).

[27] H. R. Seyf and A. Henry, A method for distinguishing between propagons, diffusions, and locons, Journal of Applied Physics, 120, 025101 (2016).

[28] W. Lv, A. Henry, Non-negligible Contributions to Thermal Conductivity from Locons in Amorphous Silica, Scientific Reports, 6, 35720 (2016).

[29] W. Lv, A. Henry, Examining the validity of the phonon gas model in amorphous materials, Scientific Reports, 6, 37675 (2016).

[30] K. Gordiz and A. Henry, Phonon Transport at Interfaces Between Different Phases of Silicon and Germanium, Journal of Applied Physics, 121, 025102, (2017).

[31] M. G. Muraleedharan, D. S. Sundaram, A. Henry, V. Yang, Thermal conductivity calculation of nano-suspensions using Green-Kubo relations with reduced artificial correlations, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29, 155302, (2017).

[32] A. Rohskopf, H. R. Seyf, K. Gordiz, A. Henry, Empirical Interatomic Potentials Optimized for Phonon Properties, NPJ Computational Materials, 3, 27, (2017).

[33] W. Lv, R. M. Winters, F. DeAngelis, G. Weinberg, A. Henry, Understanding Divergent Thermal Conductivity in Single Polythiophene Chains Using Green-Kubo Modal Analysis and Sonification, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 121, 30, 5586-5596 (2017).

[34] H. R. Seyf, L. Yates, T. L. Bougher, S. Graham, B. A. Cola, T. Detchprohm, M-H. Ji, J. Kim, R. Dupuis, W. Lv, A. Henry, Rethinking Phonons: The Issue of Disorder NPJ Computational Materials, 3, 49 (2017).

[35] C. Amy, D. Budenstein, M. Bagepalli, D. England, A. DeAngelis, G. Wilk, C. Jarrett, C. Kelsall, J. Hirschey, B. Capps, A. Chavan, B. Gilleland, Y. Zhang, C. Yuan, W. Chueh, K. Sandhage, Y. Kawajiri, A. Henry, Pumping Liquid Metal at High Temperatures Up to 1673 kelvin, Nature, 550, 199-203 (2017). [Most Read Article in Nature: 2/22/18]

[36] W. Lv, S. Sultana, A. Rohskopf, K. Kalaitzidou, A. Henry, A Scalable Approach to High Thermal Conductivity Polymer Composites, Composites Part A, 12, 3, 215-226 (2018).

[37] M. G. Muraleedharan, A. Rohskopf, V. Yang and A. Henry, Phonon optimized interatomic potential for aluminum, AIP Advances 7, 125022 (2017).

[38] H. R. Seyf, W. Lv, A. Rohskopf and A. Henry, The Importance of Phonons with Negative Phase Quotient in Disordered Solids, Scientific Reports 8, 2627, (2018)

[39] A. DeAngelis, H. R. Seyf, R. Berman, G. Schmidt, D. Moore, A. Henry, Design of a High Temperature (1,350°C) Solar Receiver Based on a Liquid Metal Heat Transfer Fluid: Sensitivity Analysis, Solar Energy, 164, 200-209, (2018).

[40] Y. Zhang, Y. Cai, S. H. Hwang, G. Wilk, A. DeAngelis, A. Henry, K. H. Sandhage, Containment Materials for Liquid Tin at 1350°C as a Heat Transfer Fluid for High Temperature Concentrated Solar Power, Solar Energy, 164, 47-57 (2018).

[41] G. Wilk, A. DeAngelis, A. Henry, Estimating the cost of high temperature liquid metal based concentrated solar power, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 10, 023705 (2018).

[42] F. DeAngelis, M. G. Muraleedharan, J. Moon, H. R. Seyf, A. Minnich, A. McGaughey, A. Henry, Thermal Transport in Disordered Materials, Nanoscale Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 1-36 (2018). DOI: 10.1080/15567265.2018.1519004

[43] A. Henry, A New Take on Electrochemical Heat Engines, Joule, 2, 9, 1660-1661 (2018).

[44] M. Caccia, M. Tabandeh-Khorshid, G. Itskos, A. R. Strayer, A. S. Caldwell1, S. Pidaparti, S. Singnisai, A. D. Rohskopf, A. M. Schroeder, D. Jarrahbashi, T. Kang, S. Sahoo, N. R. Kadasala, A. Marquez-Rossy, M. H. Anderson, E. Lara-Curzio, D. Ranjan, A. Henry, K. H. Sandhage, High-Temperature Ceramic/Metal Composites for Heat Exchangers for Concentrated Solar Power, Nature, 562, 406-409 (2018).

[45] A. Giri, S. W. King, W. A. Lanford, A. R. Mei, D. Merril, L. Ross, R. Oviedo, J. Richards, D. H. Olson, J. L. Braun, J. T. Gaskins, F. DeAngelis, A. Henry, and P. E. Hopkins, Interfacial Defect Vibrations Enhance Thermal Transport in Amorphous Multilayers with Ultrahigh Thermal Boundary Conductance, Advanced Materials, 30, 44, 1804097 (2018).

[46] C. Amy, H. R. Seyf, M. A. Steiner, D. J. Friedman, A. Henry, Thermal Energy Grid Storage Using Multijunction Photovoltaics, Energy & Environmental Science, 12, 1, 334-343 (2018).

[47] M. Kato, A. Henry, S. Graham, D. H. Doan, K. Fushinobu, Molecular dynamics simulation of oxygen transport characteristics in the electrolyte membrane of PEMFC, International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, 28(2), 289-296 (2018).

[48] H. R., Seyf, K. Gordiz, F. DeAngelis, A. Henry, Using Green-Kubo modal analysis (GKMA) and interface conductance modal analysis (ICMA) to study phonon transport with molecular dynamics, Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 8, 081101 (2019).

[49] J. T. Gaskins, G. Kotsonis, A. Giri, S. Ju, A. Rohskopf, Y. Wang, T. Bai, E. Sachet, C. T. Shelton, Z. Liu, Z. Cheng, B. M. Foley, S. Graham, T. Luo, A. Henry, M. S. Goorsky, J. Shiomi, J-P. Maria, and P. E. Hopkins, Thermal Boundary Conductance Across Heteroepitaxial ZnO/GaN Interfaces: Assessment of the Phonon Gas Model, Nano Letters, 18 (12), 7469-7477 (2018).

[50] F. DeAngelis, M. G. Muraleedharan, J. Moon, H. R. Seyf, A. Minnich, A. McGaughey, A. Henry, Thermal Transport in Disordered Materials, Nanoscale Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 23, 2, 81-116 (2019).

[51] H. R., Seyf, K. Gordiz, F. DeAngelis, A. Henry, Using Green-Kubo modal analysis (GKMA) and interface conductance modal analysis (ICMA) to study phonon transport with molecular dynamics, Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 8, 081101 (2019).

[52] M. G. Muraleedharan, U. Unnikrishnan, A. Henry, V. Yang, Flame propagation in nano-aluminum-water (nAl-H2O) mixtures: The role of thermal interface resistance, Combustion and Flame 20, 160-169 (2019).

[53] K. Gordiz, M. G. Muraleedharan, A. Henry, Interface conductance modal analysis of a crystalline Si-amorphous SiO2 interface, Journal of Applied Physics, 125, 13, 135102 (2019).

[54] B. Chatterjee, J. S. Lundh, Y. Song, D. Shoemaker, A. G. Baca, R. J. Kaplar, T. E. Beechem, C. Saltonstall, A. A. Allerman, A. M. Armstrong, B. A. Klein, A. Bansal, H. R. Seyf, D. Talreja, A. Pogrebnyakov, E. Heller, V. Gopalan, A. Henry, J. M. Redwing, B. Foley, S. Choi, Interdependence of Electronic and Thermal Transport in AlxGa1-xN Channel HEMTs, IEEE Electron Device Letters, EDL-2019-09-1908 (2020).

[55] R. Li, K. Gordiz, A. Henry, P. E. Hopkins, E. Lee, T. Luo, Effect of light atoms on thermal transport across solid-solid interfaces, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 21 (31), 17029-17035


Lemelson Presidential Fellowship, MIT, 2004

Distinguished Scholars Presidential Scholarship, Florida A&M University 2000

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, MIT, 2005

UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2009

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2010

Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award, 2015

National Science Foundation – CAREER Award, 2016

Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, 2017

FAMU/FSU Mechanical Engineering Rising Star Alumni Award, 2018

ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, 2018

WTN World Technology Award – Energy, 2018