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.
Student Publication: Reducing the thermal conductivity of amorphous materials below the minimum limit via engineering network connectivity – Congrats Jeff!
ExSiTE Group members in front of the Rotunda on Grounds at the University of Virginia
Front (L to R): Mallory DeCoster, Dr. Tina Rost, Ashutosh Giri, Chester Szwejkowski, Sofie Ravesteijn, Dr. Ellie Radue, Kelsey Meyer, Prof. Patrick Hopkins
Back (L to R): Dr. Brian Foley, Ethan Scott, John Tomko, Hans Olson, Jeff Braun, Dr. John Gaskins
Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography