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Graduate Fellows

Ahmed Ali

MASc., McMaster University

Mechanical Engineering

My research is based on developing a manufacturing technique for an annular design thermoelectric generators. This will include material preparation, sintering, bonding and testing the modules.

Yige Chen

PhD, University of Toronto 


My goal is to investigate the thermoelectric properties of possible topological crystalline insulators by using first principle ab-initio calculations and other theoretical methods.


Michael Cino

PhD, McMaster University 

Engineering Physics

I will investigate techniques, such as pressing/sintering, to economically produce thermoelectric materials for use in waste heat recovery applications. There will also be a focus on material optimization through the tailoring of dopant concentrations for specific thermal environments.

Allan He

MASc., McMaster University

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

My research has been focused on synthesis, purification, and analysis of Zn3Sb2 phase.  The effects of different dopants on the physical properties of the system are also a main topic of exploration.

Yanyun Hu 

PhD, University of Toronto 


The origin of the low thermal conductivity in some lattice thermoelectric materials, such as PbTe in a rocksalt structure, has so  far been elusive. Using neutron scattering measurements and  model-based computations of the phonons in PbTe and some other  potential thermoelectric materials, we are supposed to understand how the microscopic processes affect the bulk thermal conductivity.

Parisa Jafarzadeh

PhD., University of Waterloo


The ultimate goal of my work is to develop a long time stable copper chalcogenide thermoelectric materials. To achieve this, we plan to identify and optimize new higher copper chalcogenides.

Jennifer Sears

PhD, University of Toronto


X-ray scattering studies of novel thermoelectric materials.

Yixuan Shi

PhD, University of Waterloo


I'm currently conducting research on Thallium Tellurides now. Thus far I optimized the synthesis conditions for TlSbTe2 and tried to improve its thermoelectric properties by doping other elements. The newest result was that the figure of merit of TlSbTe2 was improved 20% by doping with Yb. 

Alex Tseng

MASc, University of Toronto

Materials Science and Engineering

My work aims to investigate the impact of surface functionalization on electronic transport and thermoelectric properties of InAs nanowires.

David Wisniewski 

MASc, University of Toronto

Materials Science and Engineering

My work involves studying the thermal and electronic properties of ZnSe nanowire twinning superlattices under optical excitation.

Fang Yuan

PhD, McMaster University

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

I am working on the synthesis, crystal structure, and physical properties of novel thermoelectric material by X-ray diffraction, electronic structure calculations, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and microprobe analysis.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Patrick Clancy 

Pat's research involves the study of novel materials using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques.  His work on thermoelectric materials is focused on utilizing synchrotron x-rays to investigate lattice dynamics and local structure.

Pat has been working with Prof. Young-June Kim at the University of Toronto since 2011.  He has previously held positions as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013) and an Ontario Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013).  He performed his graduate work at McMaster University, and his undergraduate work at St. Francis Xavier University.  He is  originally from the town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  In addition to thermoelectric materials, Pat's research interests also include iridium-based quantum materials, high temperature superconductors, and  low-dimensional and geometrically frustrated magnetic systems.  In 2013 he was awarded the Polanyi Prize in Physics.


Former Fellows:

Scott Forbes, PhD., McMaster University

Mustafa Morsy, MASc., McMaster University

Chivarubhen Raiju Murugaanandan, McMaster University

Yao Tian, PhD., University of Toronto

Vijay Shankar Venkataraman, PhD., University of Toronto

Quansheng Guo, PhD., University of Waterloo

Mathew VanZant, University of Waterloo

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