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SURF Mentoring

Potential projects/topics: Modeling of nanoscale heating effects in light absorbing nanoparticles

Potential skills gained: Computational modeling, Problem Solving

Required qualifications: Calculus

Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I., Post-doctorate, Graduate Student, Other Research Associate

Research Areas

In 2020, Alabastri was promoted to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, after serving as a Texas Instruments Research Assistant Professor from 2018-2020. Dr. Alabastri is an expert in nanophotonics and in computational modeling of photo-thermal interactions in complex nanostructures. He worked on several aspects of light-to-heat conversion, exploring the mechanisms to maximize heat dissipation in nanoparticles based systems. He has realized predictive models of energy-conversion systems such as Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission devices in collaboration with the European Space Agency and Nanophotonics Enabled Solar Membrane Distillation modules at Rice University.