ExSiTE Lab

Welcome to Patrick E. Hopkins’ research group homepage. Patrick is a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, with courtesy appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics. Our group’s interests are in energy transport and coupled photonic interactions with condensed matter, soft materials, liquids, vapors, plasmas 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, optical properties, and electron, phonon, vibrational and polaritonic scattering mechanisms in a wide array of bulk materials and nanosystems. Patrick is the director of the ExSiTE Lab (Experiments and Simulations in Thermal Engineering) at UVA.

Group Member Publication: Congrats to Shafkat bin Hoque for his first author publication in ACS Nano on record setting high in-plane thermal conductivities of thin film AlN:

Hoque, Md.S.B., et al., “High in-plane thermal conductivity of aluminum nitride thin films,” ACS Nano 15, 9588-9599 (2021). PDF (Supporting Information).

ExSiTE Group at IX Park in downtown Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2021
Front Row (L to R): Professor Patrick Hopkins, Rafiqul Islam, Dr. Hans Olson, Dr. Ramya Mohan, Dr. Mahboobe Jassas, Sara Makarem, Dr. Eric Hogland, Kiumars Aryana
Middle Row (L to R): Milena Milich, Shafkat bin Hoque
Back Row (L to R): Dr. John Tomko, Dr. John Gaskins, Will Riffe, Will Hutchins, Emma Tiernan, Thomas Pfeifer, Connor Cole, Daniel Hirt

Take a virtual tour of the ExSiTE Lab

Video and pictures courtesy of Tom Daly Photography