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SEMINAR - Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport in Low-Dimensional Carbon and Topological Insulator Materials, by Dr. Michael Thompson Pettes, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Education - Colloquium - WPI Only

Monday, January 28, 2013
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Higgins Laboratories

With well publicized requirements for a sustainable path to the growth in global demand for energy, the development
of fundamental knowledge of transport phenomena in materials for the management, conversion, and storage of thermal
energy is needed. The engineering of materials at the nanoscale to take advantage of non-traditionally paired
properties, such as light weight and high conductivity, can offer radical solutions to current energy management
limitations in addition to the transformation of numerous technological fields. In this talk I will discuss our
recent experimental investigations of two such material systems near the extremes of the thermal conductivity
spectrum, sp2-bonded carbons for thermal management and energy storage and topologically insulating bismuth
chalcogenides for thermal to electrical energy conversion.

Suggested Audiences: College

Phone: 508-831-4875

Last Modified: January 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

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