ExSiTE Group

Welcome to the Patrick E. Hopkins’ research group homepage. Patrick is the Principle Investigator and a director of the ExSiTE Lab (Experiments and Simulations in Thermal Engineering) 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.

Group Member Publication: Thermal conductivity and phonon scattering processes of ALD grown PbTe-PbSe thermoelectric thin films – Congrats Mallory DeCoster


ExSiTE Group at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA

October 2019

Back (L to R): Prof. Patrick Hopkins (ExSiTE Lab co-director), Kiumars Aryana, Ethan Scott, Md. Shafkat bin Hoque, Dr. John Gaskins (ExSiTE Lab co-director), Dr. Yee Rui Koh, Mallory DeCoster, John Tomko, Thomas Pfeifer, Dr. Ashutosh Giri, Prof. Pam Norris (ExSiTE Lab co-director)

Front (L to R): Emma Tiernan, Kate Qaiambao-Tomko, Drew Kelliher, Roisul Galib, Hans Olson

Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography