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.

Student Publication: TDTR measurements of thermal conductivity up to 1000 K using HfN transducers – Congrats Dr. Tina Rost!


ExSiTE Group members in front of the Rotunda on Grounds at the University of Virginia

October 2016

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