Adithya defended his dissertation titled “TOWARDS HIGHER POWER FACTOR IN SEMICONDUCTOR THERMOELECTRICS: BANDSTRUCTURE ENGINEERING AND POTENTIAL BARRIERS,” which has led to a number of discoveries and papers, including our recent work on “Very high thermoelectric power factor near magic angle in twisted bilayer graphene,” now on arXiv: http://arxiv.org/3668520
The second PhD candidate from NETlab defended their dissertation. Congratulation Dr. Meenakshi Upadhyaya!!!!. Her research is on thermoelectric properties of silicon alloys, nanocomposites, and organic materials (conjugated polymers).
Arnab K. Majee was selected as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant for his work with the Spring 2020 offering of ECE244: Modern Physics and Semiconductors for EEs. The award was announced at the annual ECE departmental ceremony, held virtually in May 2020, by the department head C. V. Hollot.
Our manuscript on heat dissipation in few-layer 2D WSe2 and its impact on transport has just been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b22039 Great work by Arnab Kumar Majee in collaboration with Prof. Amin Salehi-Khijin’s group at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Our lab has been awarded a three-year Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) grant from the National Science Foundation to study thermal transport across interfaces between 2D materials and 3D substrates. Using first-principles methods, we will identify 2D-3D materials pairings that lead to better heat removal, enabling faster and higher-performance 2D nanoelectronics. For more info: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1902352
Here is our newest article, just accepted in the new open-access Journal of Physics: Materials, in which we identify materials properties that will lead to higher thermoelectric power factors in two-dimensional materials. This work will help researchers discover new 2D TEs in the future: https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7639/ab4600