Professor Agonafer's research interest includes the areas of phase routing strategies for chemical separation and phase change heat transfer processes, and electrochemical storage applications. His research interest is at the intersection of thermal-fluid sciences, electrokinetics and interfacial transport phenomena, and renewable energy. His goal is to bring transformational changes in the areas related to electrochemical energy storage, cooling of high powered micro and power electronics, and water desalination by tuning and controlling solid-liquid-vapor interactions at micro/nano length scales. The focus is on developing several technologies including:
micro/nanostructured surfaces for phase change heat transfer, interfacial transport phenomena, and phase routing strategies for multiphase systems, and
development of 3D electrodes for electrochemical energy storage devices used to harvest free energy of solutions.
As a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, Professor Agonafer was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship award. In 2012, Damena joined Professor Ken Goodson's Nanoheat lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford University.