2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium NM08-Nanoscale Heat Transport—Fundamentals

Understanding and controlling the interactions between energy carrying particles and nanostructural features brings new opportunities for manipulation of thermal transport processes and thermal physical properties. Due to the continuous progress in nanofabrication technologies, modern nanoscale materials and devices have characteristic length scales of the order of relevant energy carriers such as phonons, phonons, electrons, and magnons. This translates into an unprecedented opportunity to achieve novel thermal properties and functions. Despite significant advances, a better understanding of thermal transport in nanoscale materials and interactions between energy carriers and surfaces and interfaces is still required. There exist multiple thermal transport regimes that need to be fully elucidated in order to obtain a full spectrum of thermal capabilities: these include ballistic, quasi-ballistic, localized, hydrodynamic, coherent, incoherent, strongly anharmonic regimes. In addition to the complexities of crystalline materials, materials and systems with disordered or amorphous structures also possess significant challenges for understanding and manipulating thermal transport processes. In bulk crystalline systems, manipulation of crystal bonding and distorted local/global structures such as lone pairs, grain boundaries etc. also allow for manipulation of phonon mean free paths down to atomic length scales. In addition, new tools such as machine learning and high-throughput experiments can allow for wider exploration of new materials and development of new experimental techniques. This symposium will bring together a wide range of different thermal transport research areas including experimental, theoretical, and computational techniques recently developed to address the unknowns on nanoscale thermal transport phenomena with the objective of obtaining a better basic understanding of thermal transport processes in technologically relevant materials and devices.

Topics will include:

  • Theory and experiments on nanoscale heat transport phenomena
  • Thermal conductance at interfaces
  • Heat conduction in disordered and amorphous materials
  • Ultralow thermal conductivity in crystalline bulk thermoelectric materials
  • Thermal radiation at the nanoscale
  • Machine learning to predict and understand thermal properties of materials
  • Non-equilibrium and picosecond thermal transient behaviors
  • Heat transport in soft matter (e.g. biological and bioinspired materials)
  • Thermal phonon imaging
  • Thermal transport characterization techniques (e.g. mean-free path spectroscopies)
  • Electron-phonon, and phonon-phonon interactions
  • Novel models and simulation methods to predict thermal transport properties

Invited Speakers:

  • Philippe Ben-Abdallah (Institut d’Optique, France)
  • Kanishka Biswas (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India)
  • David Broido (Boston College, USA)
  • David Cahill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Olivier Delaire (Purdue University, USA)
  • Kevian Esfarjani (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Pawel Keblinski (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
  • Yee Kan Koh (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • David Lacroix (Université de Lorraine, France)
  • Arum Majumdar (Stanford University, USA)
  • Alan McGaughey (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Yoshiaki Nakamura (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Pamela Norris (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Pramod Reddy (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Xiulin Ruan (Purdue University, USA)
  • Ivana Savic (Tyndall National Institute, Ireland)
  • Li Shi (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Junichiro Shiomi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Clivia Sotomayor Torres (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, Spain)
  • Zhiting Tian (Cornell University, USA)
  • Richard Wilson (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Lilia Woods (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Xanthippi Zianni (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Symposium Organizers

Martin Maldovan
Georgia Institute of Technology

Kedar Hippalgaonkar
Nanyang Technological University

Sangyeop Lee
University of Pittsburgh

Konstantinos Termentzidis
Université de Lyon

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