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Materials Heterogeniety in Electron and Thermal Transport and Energy Storage


Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Functional Materials Division

RO# Location
13.25.01.B7041 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817


Name E-mail Phone
Roy, Ajit K. 937.255.9034


The materials interface configuration is extremely important in electronics reliability and thermal energy transport and its storage/conversion as the electron trapping and phonon transport through the materials interface dictates the transport efficiency and device performance. The thermal transport in heterogeneous materials systems is primarily controlled by the phonon scattering phenomena at the materials interfaces. The non-equilibrium electron state also influences this transport phenomenon. We are interested in understanding the physics of the energy transport phenomena in electronic and aerospace materials and its interfaces--geared towards designing efficient materials for reliable electronics, efficient thermal transport, and energy storage and energy conversion. The development of innovative modeling and processing approaches, integrated with appropriate characterization techniques are also of interest. Atomistic, molecular (e.g., molecular dynamics) as well as continuum mechanics modeling approaches are of interest for developing multiscale computational tools for the tailored materials design of multiple and hierarchical constituents and its nanostructured interfaces. Innovative techniques and design concepts for property measurement of interface energy transport at small scale would also complement this effort.


Nanoelectronics; Electronics reliability; Thermal management; Thermal interface; Thermal transport; Energy storage; Heterogeneous materials; Nano constituents; Characterization; Multiscale modeling;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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