Sang Eon Han
Assistant Professor
Farris Engineering Center - Room 201

505 277.8670

Prospective Students

  • We are looking for self-motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join our lab. Research projects focus on nanophotonics, solar photovoltaics, and nanoscale energy conversion. Both theoretical and experimental investigations will be performed.


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science with Physics Minor, 2009
  • M.S. Seoul National University, Chemical Engineering , 1998
  • B.S. Seoul National University, Chemical Engineering , 1996



  • Nanophotonics
  • Thermal Radiation
  • Solar Energy Harvesting and Conversion
  • Nanoscale Thermal Energy Conversion


Professional Experience

  • 2012-: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2009-12: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering • MIT, Cambridge MA
  • 1998-2003: Research Scientist, LG Chem Research Park, Daejeon, Korea



  • ChNE 317 Chemical Nuclear Engineering Analysis • Fall 2012


Selected Publications:

  • A. Mavrokefalos, S. E. Han, S. Yerci, M. S. Branham, and G. Chen, “Efficient light-trapping in inverted nano-pyramid thin crystalline silicon membranes for solar cell applications,” Nano Lett. 12, 2792 (2012).
  • S. E. Han and G. Chen, “Toward the Lambertian limit of light trapping in thin nanostructured silicon solar cells,” Nano Lett. 10, 4692 (2010).
  • S. E. Han and G. Chen, “Optical absorption enhancement in silicon nanohole arrays for solar photovoltaics,” Nano Lett. 10, 1012 (2010).
  • S. E. Han and D. J. Norris, “Beaming thermal emission from hot metallic bull’s eyes,” Opt. Express 18, 4829 (2010).
  • S. E. Han and D. J. Norris, “Control of thermal emission by selective heating of periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 043901 (2010).
  • S. E. Han, “Theory of thermal emission from periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. B 80, 155108 (2009).
  • S. E. Han, A. Stein, and D. J. Norris, “Tailoring self-assembled metallic photonic crystals for modified thermal emission,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 053906 (2007).
    [Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology 16, Issue 7, August 13 (2007)]

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