Jihong Ma joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UVM in August 2020. Dr. Ma obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2017, and her B.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics from Xi'an Jiaotong University (China) in 2012. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on computational heat transport in nanomaterials. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying topological metamaterials from 2017 to 2019.
Before joining UVM, she worked at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciencesat Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on soft matter simulations. Dr. Ma has published her work in many top journals in her field, including Physical Review Letters, Small, Carbon, and Physical Review Applied. At UVM, Dr. Ma is working on the structure-property relationship of materials at multiple scales (from nano- to macro-) via a combination of theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experimental characterizations. Her current active research projects include investigations of self-healing polymers, polymeric membranes for carbon capture, organic electronics, quantum dots, dynamics of phononic crystals, and nanoscale thermal and electrical transport. She has received funding as a PI or Co-PI from various sources, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Semiconductor Research Corporation.