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.

Publication in Nano Letters demonstrates independent control of electrical and thermal resistances at graphene interfaces – Congrats Brian Foley!


ExSiTE Group members by Darden Court in the Engineering School at U.Va. –  August 2014

Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography


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