Graphene-based metamaterials for solar energy harvesting

This project aims to develop plasmonic nanostructures and graphene-based metamaterials for use in solar thermal energy harvesting. In this project, combining numerical simulations, nanofabrication and characterization techniques, we will study the light-matter interactions at nanoscale. We try to figure out the physical mechanism of photon-phonon-electron interactions at nanoscale, providing the details of photothermal manipulation by ultrathin graphene grating metamaterials or plasmonic nanostructures. Also, we will study the photothermal performance of these developed nanostructures and directly integrate them into practical applications, such as solar thermal harvesting, thermal cloak, and sensing.

Schematics of graphene grating metamaterials and plasmonic nanostructures

Simulated electric field intensity distributions of plasmonic nanostructures

  1. Han Lin, Björn C. P. Sturmberg, Keng-Te Lin, Yunyi Yang, Xiaorui Zheng, Teck K. Chong, C. Martijn de Sterke, and Baohua Jia “A 90-nm-thick graphene metamaterial for strong, extremely broadband absorption of unpolarized light” Nature Photonics 2019, 3, 270−276. [SCI Q1, IF:583]
  2. Keng-Te Lin, Hsuen-Li Chen, Yu-Sheng Lai, Chen-Chieh Yu, Yang-Chun Lee, Pao-Yun Su, Yu-Ting Yen, and Bo-Yi Chen “Loading effect–induced broadband perfect absorber based on single-layer structured metal film” Nano Energy 2017, 37, 61–73. [SCI Q1, IF:548]
  3. Keng-Te Lin, Hsuen-Li Chen, and Yu-Sheng Lai “Filter-free, junctionless structures for color sensing” Nanoscale 2016, 8, 16936–16946. [SCI Q1, IF:6.970]