Asegun Henry

Asegun Henry


Asegun Henry is an ARPA-E Fellow and is focused on new approaches to higher efficiency and lower cost energy capture, conversion and storage. He is investigating the potential use of alternative heat driven cycles that can operate at higher temperatures than conventional engines and turbines (topping cycles), by not requiring the use of moving parts.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Henry completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he worked in Gang Chen's NanoEngineering group, using molecular dynamics simulations to study and engineer high thermal conductivity polymers. Henry then went on to conduct postdoctoral research in the Materials Theory group with Dr. David Singh at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked on developing a first principles approach to calculating thermal conductivity. Following his research at Oak Ridge, Henry worked as a postdoc with Dr. Chris Wolverton in the materials science department at Northwestern University. There he worked on using first principles calculations to study the thermodynamic properties of metal oxides for the application of solar driven thermochemical water splitting.

Through his research efforts Henry has acquired several fellowships such as the MIT Lemelson fellowship, the DOE computational science graduate fellowship (CSGF), the UNCF-Merck postdoctoral fellowship and the Ford foundation postdoctoral fellowship.

Henry received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A & M University where he worked in Dr. Makola Abdullah's Wind Hazard and Earthquake Engineering Lab, constructing vibration response models for tall buildings subjected to earthquakes.