Meet the team

PI: Dr. Svetlana V. Boriskina

PhD in Physics & Mathematics, Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

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Dr. Volodymyr (Vlad) Korolovych (Research Scientist)

Volodymyr is working on fabrication and characterization of novel polymer fibers and textiles as well as on the deposition and testing of thin-film semiconductor materials for flexoelectric energt harvesting. He holds a PhD in Thermophysics and Molecular Physics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and had post-doctoral training at Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Yoichiro Tsurimaki (Graduate Student)

Yoichiro received his B.E. and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Tohoku University in 2012 and 2015, respectively and earned an M.E. in Energy and Environmental Engineering from INSA de Lyon in 2014. His work at MIT focuses on studying fundamentals of heat transfer mechanisms and nanoscale forces.

Simo Pajovic (Graduate Student)

Simo graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a B.ASc. in Mechanical Engineering and is currently an S.M. student in the NanoEngineering Group. His research at MIT focuses on near-field thermal radiation and investigating new techniques to measure near-surface interactions, including heat transfer and surface forces.

Morgan Blevins (Graduate Student)

Morgan is designing fabricating, and testing nanophotonic metamaterials and devices for in-situ monitoring of dissolved greenhouse gases in the marine envinroments, detection and reduction of microplastic pollution from textiles, and harnessing thermal emission for clean energy generation.

Alejandra Navarro (Undergraduate Student)

Alejandra is working on a thesis addressing the sustainability challenges of the textile and fashion industries and strategies to overcome them.

Milo Hooper (Undergraduate Student)

Milo is working on understanding and developing novel photonic biosensing platforms based on the probe cleavage detection mechanism.

Dr. Haejun Chung (Postdoctorate Associate)

Haejun works in the areas of inverse design of nanophotonic devices, developing a fast inverse design algorithm and novel metasurfaces. He graduated with magna cum laude B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010, then obtained M. S. (2013) and Ph. D. (2017) degrees both from Purdue University, and held a post-doctoral position at Yale University prior to joining MIT in 2020. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Soongsil University, Korea

Dr. Marcelo Lozano (Postdoctorate Fellow)

Marcelo received his Ph.D. degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). His work at MIT focused on the development of highly-conductive plastics and wearable multi-functional fibers/textiles for passive thermoregulation. Current Position: Professor, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Matteo Albergihini (Visiting Graduate Student)
Matteo Alberghini received his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2017, where he also started his Ph.D. in Energetics in 2018. While working at MIT as a visiting student, he conducted experimental investigations and numerical modelling of fluid flow through porous media for water treatment and personal thermal management.
Current position: PhD Student, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Aline Vargas (Undergraduate Student)

As an UG student assistant, Aline was working on market research and commercialization of SVETEX technology centered on the development and fabrication of sustainable polyethtylene-based fibers & textiles.

Yi Huang (Graduate Student)
Yi graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Applied Math. Her work at MIT focused on the design and characterization of new fibers and textiles and on the development of novel solar and thermal energy harvesting platforms.
Dr. Seongdon (David) Hong (Visiting Fellow)

David joined our group in 2017-2018 to work on the development of structurally-colored high-conductivity plastic films and fibers. His work in MIT also focused on studying water transport through plastic films and woven textiles. Current Affiliation: Defense Agency for Technology and Quality, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Hadi Zandavi (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Hadi received his M.S. degree from the Sharif University of Technology and B.S. degree from Shiraz University both in Mechanical Engineering. His research at MIT in 2016-2017 focused on the development and characterization of materials for solar energy harvesting, water treatment, and passive thermoregulation. Current Affiliation: Intel


Francesco Signorato (Visiting Student)
Francesco received is B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2017. His work at MIT focused on the optimization of both radiative and evaporative cooling for personal thermal management.
Current position: PhD Student, Cambridge University, UK
Tess Engst-Mansilla (Undergraduate Student)

Tess worked on market research and commercialization of the SVETEX technology and as a teaching assistant in the MIT-FIT 2020-2021 Advanced Fabrics Workshop.


Academic Collaborators:

Dr. Anna Michel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, MM, United States

Prof. Ronald Warzoha & Prof. Brian DonovanUS Naval Academy, MD, United States

Prof. Ke DuRochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, United States

Prof. Daeyeon LeeUniverisity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Dr. Richard M. Osgood III, Dr. Natalie Pomerantz & Dr. Molly RichardsUS Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, Natick, MA, United States

Dr. Mark Polking, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, USA

Prof. Carmel Rotschild, Technion, Israel

Prof. Selcuk YerciMiddle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Bruno Lorenzi, Univ. of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Prof. Pietro Asinari & Dr. Matteo Fasano, Politecnico Di Torino, Torino, Italy

Dr. Marisol Martin Gonzalez, IMN-Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología, Madrid, Spain

Prof. Andrey Miroshnichenko, Prof. Evgeny Morozov & Dr. Haroldo HattoriUniversity of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

Dr. Swathi Iyer G.R. & Dr. F. Keith Perkins, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, USA

Dr. Igor Linkov & Dr. Taylor RycroftUS Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Concord, MA, USA


Industrial Partners


New Balance (USA)

Under Armor (USA)

Dow Chemical Company (USA)

Braskem (Brasil)

SiPhox, Inc (USA)

SolCold (Israel)

Cosmic Shielding Corporation (USA)

Neramco, Ldt (USA)

TEK Holding, Inc (USA)

QED Labs (USA)

MiniFibers, Inc (USA)

Shingora Textiles (India)