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Asegun Henry

Research Interests

Renewable energy technology development, solar thermochemical water splitting, solar thermal energy conversion; Nanoscale heat transfer, molecular dynamics, calculating thermal conductivity from first principles, thermal boundary resistance; First principles electronic structure calculations, density functional theory, calculation of thermodynamic properties.

Current Research

Currently studying the reduction properties of ceria alloys for solar thermochemical water splitting. 


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • M.S.M.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • B.S.M.E., Florida A&M University, 2004

Dr. Henry will begin as an assistant professor at Georgia Tech in the mechanical engineering department in spring 2012, after completing a fellowship with ARPA-E in 2011. Previously, he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab under the supervision of Dr. David Singh. Dr. Henry has a background in studying atomic vibration with molecular dynamics simulations and his primary expertise is in thermal conductivity calculations.   


  1. A. Henry and G. Chen, Spectral Phonon Transport Properties of Silicon Based on Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Lattice Dynamics, J.  Comput. Theor. Nanosci., 5, 141-152 (2008).
  2. A. Henry and G. Chen, High Thermal Conductivity of Single Polyethylene Chains Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 235502 (2008).
  3. A. Henry and G. Chen, Anomalous heat conduction in polyethylene chains: Theory and molecular dynamics simulations, Phys. Rev. B, 79, 144305 (2009).
  4. A. Henry and G. Chen, Explicit Treatment of Hydrogen in Thermal Simulations of Polyethylene, J. Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 13, 2, 99-108 (2009).
  5. M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Chen, Z. F. Ren, G. Dresselhaus, A. Henry, J.-P. Fleurial, New Composite Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications, JOM, 61, 4, 86 (2009).
  6. S. Shen, A. Henry, J. Tong, R. Zheng, G. Chen, Nature Nanotechnology, 5, 251 - 255 (2010)