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: Massive reduction in thermal conductivity of silicon implanted with silicon ions – Paper published in Physical Review Materials – Congrats Ethan Scott!


ExSiTE Group at Carter’s Mountain Orchard

November 2017

Back (L to R): Prof. Patrick Hopkins, Dr. John Gaskins, Drew Kelliher, Bradley Butler, Jeff Braun, Dr. Tina Rost, Dr. Ash Giri, Chet Szwejkowski

Front (L to R): Ethan Scott, John Tomko, Dr. Ellie Radue, Malloy DeCoster, Hans Olson

Photo courtesy of Tom Daly Photography