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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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
Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (2012–2014)
Coupled Charge and Radiation Transport Processes in Thermophotovoltaic and Thermoradiative Cells, Physical Review Applied (2021)
Solar Thermoradiative-Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Cell Reports Physical Science (2020)
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)