Workshop Details
Energy Transport in Nanoscale Gaps and Molecular Junctions
07/25/2017 - 07/28/2017
Meeting Description:

The workshop seeks to bring together researchers studying energy transport (thermal conduction and radiation) and energy conversion (thermophotovoltaics and thermoelectrics) in nanoscale gaps, single molecule junctions and surfaces modified with monolayers and two-dimensional materials such as graphene. These topics are of great current interest as the computation and experimental techniques to probe these phenomena are just becoming available.

To elaborate, nanoscale radiative nanoscale thermal transport is widely expected to offer tremendous potential for new fundamental insights and applications. While radiative thermal transport between macroscopic objects separated by large distances is well described by Planck theory of heat radiation, radiative heat transfer in the near-field the regime in which the spacing between two surfaces is smaller than the peak wavelength predicted by Wien’s displacement law is poorly understood and is a topic of great current interest as it offers potential for nanoscale lithography, information storage and efficient energy conversion. Further, thermal conduction and thermoelectric phenomena in molecular junctions is also of great current interest due to the possibility of tuning the electronic structure of molecular junctions to achieve energy conversion at the Carnot and Curzon-Ahlborn limits and is currently being investigated actively by several computational and experimental approaches.

Relation to Molecular Science: Molecular electronics, which aims at using molecules as active elements in charge and energy transport devices, is a central pillar of nanoscience. While in recent years there has been a tremendous progress in our understanding of charge transport in molecular junctions, the corresponding heat transport has remained unexplored due to experimental challenges that are on the verge to be resolved. Molecular contacts offer the possibility to explore heat transport in an entirely new regime where different mechanisms, such as electron or phonon conduction and photon tunneling, can compete. Therefore, it is highly desirable to put together ideas and techniques of different fields including radiative heat transfer, molecular electronics at the level of single molecules or assemblies of them, and two- dimensional materials. Only through synergetic interaction can we unveil the new opportunities that nanoscience opens in the context of energy conversion and refrigeration applications.


If you are interested in attending a meeting, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer about availability before registering. Most TSRC meetings are very small, typically only about 25 people.

The registration fee includes five breakfasts, a BBQ picnic on Wednesday night, and an unlimited amount of coffee and snacks.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave Telluride, CO 81435

Energy Transport in Nanoscale Gaps and Molecular Junctions Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Agrait, Nicolas Universidad Autonoma Madrid
Biehs, Svend-Age Institut für Physik, Carl von Ossietzky Universit
Chen, Renkun UC San Diego
Cuevas, Juan Carlos Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Dubi, Jonatan Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Francoeur, Mathieu Department of Mechanical Engineering, University o
Khandekar, Chinmay Princeton University
Lee, Bong Jae Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Malen, Jonathan Carnegie Mellon University
Miller, Owen Yale University
Moscatelli, Alberto Nature Nanotechnology
Park, Keunhan (Kay) University of Utah
Pauly, Fabian University of Konstanz
Reddy, Pramod University of Michigan
Solomon, Gemma University of Copenhagen
Song, Bai MIT
Vaillon, Rodolphe CNRS - INSA Lyon - Univ. Lyon 1
Varanasi, Pani US Army
Wang, Liping Arizona State University
Zhang, Yu Northwestern University
Zheng, Xiao University of Science and Technology of China
Zhu, Linxiao University of Michigan

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