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: New Paper – Thermal conductivity of organic semiconducting polymers: localization, rule of mixtures, and “hyper-insulting” PCBM
ExSiTE Group members and visitors outside Physical and Life Sciences Building at U.Va. – August 2013
Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography