ExSiTE Group

Welcome to the homepage of the ExSiTE Group (Experiments and Simulations in Thermal Engineering), Professor Patrick Hopkins’ Research Group at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.   Our interests are in energy transport, charge flow, and photonic interactions with condensed matter, soft materials, liquids, vapors and their interfaces.  We use various optical thermometry-based experiments to measure the thermal conductivity, thermal boundary conductance, thermal accommodation, strain propagation and sound speed, and electron, phonon, and vibrational scattering mechanisms in a wide array of bulk materials and nanosystems.

Recent News: Polarization-dependent phonon transmission based on wetting at solid/liquid interfaces published in APL – Congrats Ash!


ExSiTE Group members and visitors outside Physical and Life Sciences Building at U.Va. –  August 2013

Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography


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