Our laboratory investigates the transport of heat, electrical  charge, and spin through solids, and the conversion of energy from heat to work. We focus on exploring experimentally new physical mechanisms that can lead to improvements in heat transport (thermal conductivity) and heat-to-work conversion (heat engines), with emphasis on solid-state systems with no moving parts.  We work on thermoelectric materials, magnetic materials, and quantum materials.  


2005 – Present:    Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Physics (Courtesy), and Department of Material Science and Engineering (Courtesy).

2000 - 2005:        Research Fellow, Delphi Corporation, Delphi Research Labs.

1999:                   Principal Research Scientist, Delphi Automotive Systems, Delphi Research Labs.

1989 - 1998:        Principal Research Scientist, GM Research Labs (later GM Research & Development Center).

1989:                   Visiting Professor, Physics and Physical Chemistry Department, University of Louvain, Belgium.

1987 - 1989:        Senior Staff Research Scientist, GM Research Labs.

1987 - 1998:        Manager of the Semiconductor Materials Section, GM Research & Development Center, Physics and Physical Chemistry Department.

1985 - 1987:        Staff Research Scientist, GM Research Labs.

1985 - 1987:        Group Leader of the Electrooptical Physics group, GM Research Labs.

1984:                   Senior Research Scientist, Physics Department, GM Research Labs.

1978 - 1983:        Researcher, Fonds National Belge de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS, Belgian National Science Foundation).

1982:                   Visiting Scientist, Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo.

1980, 1981:         Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1979, 1983:         Visiting Scientist, H.C. Oersted Institute, University of Copenhagen.

1979:                   Military service in the Belgian Army, Royal Military School, Plasma Physics Laboratory.

1975 - 1978:        Research fellowship, Belgian Institute for Research in Industry and Agriculture (IRSIA), used toward obtaining a doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain.


              Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, Université Catholique de Louvain (University of Louvain), Belgium

1978: Doctor of Applied Sciences, Physics (Docteur en Sciences Appliquées)

1975: Bachelor in Electrical Engineering (Ingénieur Civil Electricien)

Honors and Activities

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2013).
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS (2011).
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (1987).
  • Guest Professor, Zhejiang University (2010-present).
  • Elected chair, Forum for Industrial and Applied Physics, American Physical Society, 2008; member of the executive committee as vice-chair in 2006, chair-elect in 2007, past-chair in 2009.
  • Member: American Physical Society, Committee for Applications of Physics (1992-5); American Association for the Advancement of Science; Materials Research Society.
  • OSU: Recipient, Clara M. and Peter L. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (2014).
  • Industry: General Motors Corporation: John M. Campbell Award (1989), Charles L. McCuen Award (1994), Charles F. Kettering Award (1995); Delphi Automotive Systems, Inventors Hall of Fame (1999); Gold Level (2004), Scientific Excellence Award (2003).

Select Publications (ORCID 0000-0003-3996-2744):

Out of >250 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings

  • Y. Zheng, T. Lu, Md M. H. Polash, M. Rasoulianboroujeni, N. Liu, M. E. Manley, Y. Deng, P. J. Sun, X. L. Chen, R. P. Hermann, D. Vashaee, J. P. Heremans, and H. Zhao, “Paramagnon drag in high thermoelectric figure of merit Li-doped MnTe“, Science Advances, eaat9461, 2019 (IF=12.08)
  • He, B., Wang, Y., Arguilla, M. Q., Cultrara, N. D., Scudder, M. R., Goldberger, J. E., Windl, W., and Heremans, J. P., “The Fermi Surface Geometrical Origin of Axis-Dependent Conduction Polarity in Layered Materials,” Nature. Materials. 18 568-72 (2019), 2019) (IF=39.737).
  • Heremans, J. P., Cava, R. J., and Samarth, N. (2017), “Tetradymites as Thermoelectrics and Topological Insulators,” Nature Reviews Materials 2 17049 (2017) (doi:10.1038/natrevmats.2017.49) [cover] (IF=74.449)
  • Heremans, J. P., “A New Member of the Hall Family,” Nature Materials 16, 968-9 (2017) (IF = 39.737).
  • Boona, S. R., Vandaele, K., Boona, I. N., McComb, D. W., & Heremans, J. P., “Observation of Spin Seebeck Contribution to the Transverse Thermopower in Ni-Pt and MnBi-Au Bulk Nanocomposites,” Nature Communications 7, 13714 (2016) ( (IF = 12.124). [featured image]
  • Jin, H., Restrepo, O. D., Antolin, N., Boona, S. R., Windl, W., Myers, R. C., and Heremans, J. P., “The Phonon-induced Diamagnetic Force and its Effect on the Lattice Thermal Conductivity,” Nature Materials 14, 601-606 (2015)  ( (IF = 39.737) [cover].
  • Boona, S. R., Myers, R. C., and Heremans, J. P., “Spin Caloritronics,” Energy Environ. Sci., 7, 885-910 (2014) ( (IF = 29.518).
  • Heremans, J. P., Dresselhaus, M. S., Bell, L., and Morelli, D. T., “When Thermoelectrics Reached the Nanoscale,” Nature Nanotechnology 8, 471-473 (2013) (IF = 38.986).
  • Jaworski, C. M., Myers, R. C., Johnston-Halperin, E., and Heremans, J. P., “Giant Spin Seebeck Effect in a Non-magnetic Material,” Nature 487, 210-213 (2012) (IF = 40.137) [cover].
  • Nielsen, M. D., Ozolins, V., and Heremans, J. P. “Lone Pair Electrons Minimize Lattice Thermal Conductivity,” Energy Environ. Sci. 6, 570 – 578 (2013) (IF = 29.518).
  • Jaworski, C. M., Yang, J., Mack, S., Awschalom, D. D., Heremans, J. P., and Myers, R. C., “Observation of the Spin-Seebeck Effect in a Ferromagnetic Semiconductor,” Nature Materials 9 898-903 (2010) (IF = 39.737).
  • Heremans, J. P., Jovovic, V., Toberer, E. S., Saramat, A., Kurosaki, K., Charoenphakdee, A., Yamanaka, S., and Snyder, G. J., “Enhancement of Thermoelectric Efficiency in PbTe by Distortion of the Electronic Density of States,” Science 321 554 -558 (2008) (IF = 37.205).
  • Partin, D. L., and Heremans, J. P., “Growth of Narrow Bandgap Semiconductors,” Handbook on Semiconductors, Volume 3, (Moss, T. S., Ed.; Mahajan, S., Ed.) pp. 369-450, Elsevier, 1994.

3 books (co-editor):

  • Karl W. Böer Survey of Semiconductor Physics, Wiley-Interscience (2002).
  • Growth, Characterization and Properties of Ultrathin Magnetic Films and Multilayers, Materials Research Society (1989).
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.


39 US Patents issued: two portfolios (tunable IR diode lasers, crankshaft position sensors) have been in commercial production



    Experimental investigation of electron, phonon and spin transport properties, semiconductor, semimetals, topological and magnetic materials and nanostructures. Contributions:

    • The thermal chiral anomaly is a new way for electrons to carry heat. This process applies only to electrons in Weyl semimetals, in which electrons are massless but have a "chirality". In the presence of a temperature gradient, energy (heat) is created by electrons of one chirality, annihilated by electrons of opposite chirality, and this creates a heat transfer mechanism, grounded in quantum mechanics, that dominates all other mechanisms (2021).  It offers the possibility of realizing all-solid-state heat switches.
    • Goniopolar materials exhibit simultaneous n- and p-type behavior by the same charge carriers (2019).  They enable the construction of transverse thermoelectric generators that don't need electrical contacts at their hot side, and mostly eliminate efficiency losses in contact resistances (2021). 
    • Phonons in diamagnets respond to magnetic fields (2015)
    • The giant spin-Seebeck effect in InSb is as large as the largest thermopower values measured (2012).  
    • Resonant levels increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (2008).
    • Large thermopowers in quantum wires due to size-quantization (2002-4)

    Geometrical magnetoseebeck and magnetoresistance effects – the latter resulted in commercial position sensors used on crank and camshafts by GM (1990s).