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.

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 2018

Back (L to R): Prof. Patrick Hopkins, Dr. Tina Rost, Jeff Braun, Kiumars Aryana, Shafkat bin Hoque, Yee Rui Koh, Ethan Scott, Dr. Ashutosh Giri, Drew Kelliher, Dr. John Gaskins

Front (L to R): Dr. Ellie Radue, Tyler Grant, Hans Olson, John Tomko, Mallory DeCoster

Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography