Bolin Liao

Bolin Liao

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


3231E Engineering Science Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070


Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research Office; Early Career Award, U.S. Department of Energy; Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation; Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship


Micro- and Nanoscale Engineering, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Thermal Sciences & Fluid Mechanics, Micro & Nano Technology

Liao's main research interest is in nanoscale energy transport and its application to sustainable energy technologies. Specifically, his research aims to understand the transport and interaction processes of fundamental energy carriers, such as electrons, phonons, photons and magnons, at the smallest length and time scales, and then use the knowledge to develop more efficient clean energy devices, e.g. thermoelectric modules and photovoltaic cells. Current projects include first-principles and multiscale simulation of energy carrier transport, visualization of photophysics in space and time with scanning ultrafast electron microscopy, ultrafast optical techniques for thermal and thermoelectric characterization, and applied clean energy devices and systems. 


PhD Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS  Microelectronics, Tsinghua University