Eric Tervo

Mr. Tervo received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. After graduating, he worked at Southwest Research Institute in the field of fluid dynamics research and testing. Mr. Tervo began his PhD studies at Georgia Tech and joined the NEST lab in 2014, and he also joined the Nanoscale Thermal Radiation Laboratory in  2016. In 2015, he received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His research focuses on light/matter interactions in nanostructures for enhanced heat transfer, sub-diffractional waveguiding, and energy conversion applications. Mr. Tervo has experience with high performance computing, experimental design and control, solution chemistry processing, and materials characterization including FTIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, DSC, TGA, and other techniques. In September 2019 Mr. Tervo will begin a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he will study solid-state radiative thermoelectric energy converters.

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  • 06/2019: Eric presented his paper “Validity of kinetic theory for radiative heat transfer in nanoparticle chains” at the 9th International Symposium on Radiative Transfer in Athens, Greece (link).
  • 05/2019: Eric was awarded the Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which he will begin in September 2019.
  • 04/2019: Eric published his paper “Photonic thermal conduction by infrared plasmonic resonators in semiconductor manowires” in Applied Physics Letters (link). Special thanks to our collaborators Michael Gustafson and Prof. Michael Filler from Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • 11/2018:  Eric presented his work on “Dipolar Radiative Thermal Conductivity in Nanoparticle Arrays” at ASME IMECE in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 9/2018:  Eric presented his Ph.D. proposal on “Thermal Radiative Energy Transfer in Polaritonic Nanostructure Arrays” at Georgia Tech.
  • 8/2018:  Eric was awarded NSF travel funding for the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference (CBET-1811794), where he presented his paper “Near-field radiative thermal conductivity of nanoparticle chains.”
  • 7/2018:  Eric published his paper “An economic analysis of residential photovoltaic systems with lithium ion battery storage in the United States” in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (link). Special thanks to co-authors Kenechi Agbim, Freddy DeAngelis, Jeffrey Hernandez, Hye-Kyung Kim, and Adewale Odukomaiya.
  • 3/2018:  Eric published his paper “Sub-diffractional waveguiding by mid-infrared plasmonic resonators in semiconductor nanowires” in Nanoscale (link). Special thanks to our collaborators Dmitriy Boyuk and Prof. Michael Filler from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • 3/2018:  Eric attended the 17th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference in College Station, TX and presented his work on “Near-Field Thermal Radiation in Many-Body Nanosystems with the Discrete Dipole Approximation.”
  • 3/2018:  Eric published his paper “Near-field radiative thermoelectric energy converters: a review” in Frontiers in Energy (link).
  • 11/2017:  Eric was awarded NSF travel funding for ASME IMECE in Tampa, FL (CMMI-1649149), where he presented his work on “Modeling of Near-Field Infrared Radiation and Waveguiding: Extracting Plasmonic Resonator Dispersion Relations from Spectroscopy and DDA.”
  • 7/2017:  Eric presented work by a an interdisciplinary group of graduate students on “An Economic Analysis of Residential Photovoltaic Systems with Battery Storage in the United States” at a symposium in Atlanta.
  • 6/2017:  Eric published his paper “Collective near-field thermal emission from polaritonic nanoparticle arrays” in Physical Review Materials (link).
  • 2/2017:  Eric was selected to participate the 2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program.
  • 11/2016:  Eric presented his work on “Heat Transfer by Propagating Surface Polaritons in Nanoparticle Chains” at ASME IMECE in Phoenix, AZ.
  • 5/2016:  Eric published his paper “High thermal conductivity in polaritonic SiO2 nanoparticle beds” in Materials Horizons (link). This work was featured on technical news sites such as and was highlighted as an editor’s choice in Science. Special thanks to our collaborators Olalekan Adewuyi and Prof. James Hammonds, Jr. from Howard University.
  • 5/2015:  Eric was awarded a user facility seed grant through the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology for his proposed work on “Fabrication and Characterization of Surface Phonon Polariton Metamaterials.”
  • 4/2015:  Eric was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (DGE-1650044).
  • 2/2015:  Eric attended the Gordon Research Conference on Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology in Ventura, CA and presented a poster on “Enhanced Thermal Conductivity Via Surface Phonon Polaritons.”
  • 9/2014:  Eric was awarded a fellowship through the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program on Nanomaterials for Energy Storage & Conversion (DGE-1069138).