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Eric Tervo

Postdoctoral Researcher-Directors Fellowship

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Dr. Eric Tervo is the Nozik Postdoctoral Fellow. His research focuses on developing and characterizing semiconductor thermal energy harvesters that use thermal radiation, such as thermoradiative and thermophotovoltaic devices.

Prior to working at NREL, Dr. Tervo completed his doctorate at Georgia Tech, where he developed theoretical and computational methods to study thermal radiation in nanoscale materials. He also worked as an engineer at Southwest Research Institute, where he conducted fluid dynamics research for oil and gas industry applications. His research background includes applications of heat and charge transfer to energy technologies, thermal characterization techniques, and energy policy and economics.

Research Interests

Nanoscale energy transport and conversion

Thermal and luminescent radiation

Solid-state thermal energy harvesters

Energy policy and economics


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Featured Work

Photonic Thermal Conduction by Infrared Plasmonic Resonators in Semiconductor Nanowires, Applied Physics Letters (2019)

Near-Field Radiative Thermoelectric Energy Converters: A Review, Frontiers in Energy (2018)

An Economic Analysis of Residential Photovoltaic Systems with Lithium Ion Battery Storage in the United States, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2018)

Collective Near-Field Thermal Emission from Polaritonic Nanoparticle Arrays, Physical Review Materials (2017)

High Thermal Conductivity in Polaritonic SiO2 Nanoparticle Beds, Materials Horizons (2016)