Jubel Hall, Room 203L

PhD, University of Illinois, 2012
MSc, Carnegie Mellon, 2006
BSc, University of Texas at Arlington, 2004


Damena Agonafer

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Assistant Professor


Development of novel materials for phase change heat transfer, thermochemical and electrochemical energy storage; Interfacial Transport Phenomena, Micro/Nanofluidics


Professor Agonafer’s research interest is at the intersection of thermal-fluid sciences, interfacial transport phenomena, and renewable energy. He is focused on developing novel materials and systems for thermal management of power and microelectronic systems, as well as for thermochemical and electrochemical energy storage applications. His goal is to achieve transformational changes in technologies by tuning and controlling solid-liquid-vapor interactions at micro/nano length scales.


Damena Agonafer is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Department at Washington University. He is a faculty adviser at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, member of the Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage, and Faculty Advisor to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at Washington University. Professor Agonafer earned his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, Graduate Engineering Minority Fellowship, and NSF Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS). Prior to joining Washington University, Damena joined Professor Ken Goodson’s Nanoheat lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.

Works to develop 3D electrodes for energy storage devices used to harvest free energy of solutions

In the News



Taking the heat outhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Taking-the-heat-out.aspxTaking the heat out
Agonafer receives ASME Early Career award https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Agonafer-receives-ASME-Early-Career-award.aspxAgonafer receives ASME Early Career award
Shape affects performance of micropillars in heat transferhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Shape-affects-performance-of-micropillars-in-heat-transfer.aspxShape affects performance of micropillars in heat transfer
Agonafer receives $86,419 grant from Google https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Agonafer-receives-$86,419-grant-from-Google-.aspxAgonafer receives $86,419 grant from Google
Agonafer wins seed grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Agonafer-wins-seed-grant-from-Alfred-P--Sloan-Foundation-.aspxAgonafer wins seed grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation