Eric Tervo is the Nozik postdoctoral fellow at NREL. His research focuses on developing and characterizing semiconductor thermal radiation energy harvesters, such as thermoradiative and thermophotovoltaic devices. 

Prior to working at NREL, Eric completed his doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, 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. 

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Research Interests

Nanoscale energy transport and conversion

Thermal and luminescent radiation

Solid-state thermal energy harvesters

Energy policy and economics 

Education

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

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

Professional Experience

Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (2012–2014)

Featured Work

Coupled Charge and Radiation Transport Processes in Thermophotovoltaic and Thermoradiative Cells, Physical Review Applied (2021)

Solar Thermoradiative-Photovoltaic Energy ConversionCell Reports Physical Science (2020)

Photonic Thermal Conduction by Infrared Plasmonic Resonators in Semiconductor NanowiresApplied Physics Letters (2019)

Near-Field Radiative Thermoelectric Energy Converters: A ReviewFrontiers in Energy (2018) 

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

Collective Near-Field Thermal Emission from Polaritonic Nanoparticle ArraysPhysical Review Materials (2017)

High Thermal Conductivity in Polaritonic SiO2 Nanoparticle BedsMaterials Horizons (2016)