Next-Generation Materials for
Energy Generation, Storage, and Transport

Thursday May 9, 2013
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Main Auditorium in the Thompson Conference Center,
The University of Texas at Austin

Critical challenges exist in the development of new materials for application in devices for generating, storing, and transporting energy. These challenges range from high operating temperatures that reduce reliability and performance to a lack of basic information as to how material properties change in nanostructures. This symposium will present cutting-edge research in the synthesis, characterization, and modeling of materials for emerging applications across the energy sector.  

The event is free and open to everyone.


8:45: Introduction (Alan McGaughey, Carnegie Mellon University & UT Austin)

Session 1: Carbon-Based Materials and Devices
9:00: Carbon Nanostructures and Their Role or Potential Role in Energy Storage and Generation (Rodney Ruoff, UT Austin)
9:30: Thermal Transport in Graphene and Other Two-Dimensional Layered Materials (Li Shi, UT Austin)
10:00: Thermal Transport in Nanoscale Carbon-Based Devices (Eric Pop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne)

10:30-11:00: Break

Session 2: Probing Thermal Properties
11:00: Phonon Mean Free Path Spectra Measured by Broadband Frequency Domain Thermoreflectance (Jonathan Malen, Carnegie Mellon University)
11:30: Mean Free Path Spectra: A Tool to Understand Thermal Conductivity in Bulk and Nanostructures (Chris Dames, University of California, Berkeley)

12:00-2:00: Lunch (on your own)

Session 3: Controlling Transport Properties
2:00: Ultrafast Phonon Dynamics in Thermoelectrics (Yaguo Wang, UT Austin)
2:30: Soft Mode Approach to Transport Properties of Complex Oxides: Bridging Disciplines in Search of New Design Rules (Nicole Benedek, UT Austin)

3:00-3:30 Break

Session 4: Organic Materials
3:30: Heat Dissipation in Molecular Scale Devices (Pramod Reddy, University of Michigan)
4:00: Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Hydrogels as a Unique Material Platform for Energy Storage (Guihua Yu, UT Austin)

4:30-5:00: Panel Session Q&A.

This symposium is organized by Alan McGaughey, a 2012-13 Harrington Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Support is from the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Please direct any questions to Alan McGaughey at