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Shuang Cui

Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering

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Shuang joined NREL in 2018. Her research focuses on both the fundamental study of nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion, as well as advanced materials development spanning intelligent soft materials/devices for moisture control and composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage in buildings. She was a selected participant of the International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability VIII at Caltech, as well as The Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop at Seoul National University. She was also selected as an NREL representative for DOE’s “Women @ Energy: STEM Rising” ongoing website.

Prior to joining NREL, Shuang was a graduate researcher at the University of California, San Diego. She worked on thermal measurement technique development for nanomaterials and intelligent soft materials/devices for thermal regulation, water harvesting, and desalination.

Research Interests

Intelligent soft materials/devices

Smart composite phase change materials for tunable thermal energy storage

Nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion

Design and synthesis of low-dimensional materials (colloidal nanocrystals)

Machine learning-driven materials design and development


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University

Featured Work

Multi-layer temperature-responsive hydrogel for forward-osmosis desalination with high permeable flux and fast water release, Desalination (2019)

Thermal conductivity degradation and recovery in ion beam damaged tungsten at different temperatureJournal of Nuclear Materials (2018)

Dendrite Suppression Membranes for Rechargeable Zinc Batteries, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2018)

Thermal conductivity reduction of tungsten plasma facing material due to helium plasma irradiation in PISCES using the improved 3-omega methodA Journal of Nuclear Materials (2017)

Unusually High and Anisotropic Thermal Conductivity in Amorphous Silicon Nanostructures, ACS Nano (2017)

Bio-inspired effective and regenerable building cooling using tough hydrogelsApplied Energy (2016)

Cooling performance of bio-mimic perspiration from temperature-sensitive hydrogel, International Journal of Thermal Sciences (2014)