Shuang (Cynthia) Cui

Shuang (Cynthia) Cui

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Phone: 972-883-4150
Office: ECSW 4.150K
800 West Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2020-2021

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2018-2020


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2018

MS., Thermal Engineering, Wuhan University, 2013

BS., Energy Systems and Power Engineering, Wuhan University, 2011

Research Interests

Advanced thermal energy storage materials and systems, Intelligent soft materials/devices , Nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion, Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings, Additive Manufacturing, Machine learning-driven materials design and development

Five Most Recent Journal Publications, Book Chapters, and Books

  • Zeng Y., Woods J.*, Cui S.*, 2021. The Energy Saving Potential of Thermo-Responsive Desiccants for Air Dehumidification. Energy Conversion and Management, 244, pp 114520.
  • Paranjothi, G., Odukomaiya, A.*, Cui, S.*, Bulk, A., 2021. Evaluation of Phase Change Plaster/Paste Composites for Building Envelopes. Energy and Buildings, pp 111372.
  • Zheng E.+, Cui S.+, Chen R., Wu Y., et al., 2020. Inhomogeneity in Spark Plasma Sintered Bismuth Antimony Telluride Nanoplate Composite, Nano Research, 5(13), pp.1339-1346 (+contribute equally)
  • Lee, B.S., Cui, S., Xing, X., Liu, H., Yue, X., Petrova, V., Lim, H.D., Chen, R. and Liu, P., 2018. Dendrite suppression membranes for rechargeable zinc batteries. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 10(45), pp.38928-38935.
  • Cui, S., Ahn, C., Wingert, M.C., Leung, D., Cai, S. and Chen, R., 2016. Bio-inspired effective and regenerable building cooling using tough hydrogels. Applied Energy, 168, pp.332-339.

Major Honors and Awards

  • 2020–2021 Key Contributor Award, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 2020 President’s Award for Exceptional Performance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 2019 Women @ Energy: STEM Rising, DOE
  • 2019 Invited Participant, 2019 U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, Texas A&M University
  • 2019 Selected Participant, Asian Deans’ Forum-The Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop, Korea
  • 2019 Selected Participant, International School for Materials for Energy and Sustainability VIII, Caltech
  • 2016 Graduate Student Travel Award, UCSD
  • 2014 First Prize, Chinese College Students’ Innovational Design Competition of Advanced Material
  • 2011 National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of China