Welcome! The NEST Lab works to discover and develop new knowledge that brings energy solutions to society. Our approach is to build expertise that is firmly rooted in thermal sciences, while integrating fundamentals from nearly all of the traditional disciplines of science and engineering to solve important problems. Many of our solutions are enabled by the unique and exciting science at the nanoscale.

A little more: We conduct research, often on interdisciplinary teams, to understand and design transport and energy conversion in nanostructures and devices – particularly those based on carbon nanotubes and conjugated polymers. We develop tools to characterize thermal transport across several orders of scale for this purpose. Technologies that we currently work on include thermal interface materials, thermo-electrochemical cells, solar rectenna, and materials that can be tuned dynamically to regulate the flow of heat. We work with many good people who make it easy to have fun doing what we do.

Recent Publications

V. SinghT.L. Bougher, A. Weathers, Y. Cai, K. Bi, M.T. Pettes, S.A. McMenamin, W. Lv, D.P. Resler, T.R. Gattuso, D.H. Altman, K.H. Sandhage, L. Shi, A. Henry, and B.A. Cola. High Thermal Conductivity of Chain-Oriented Amorphous Polythiophene. Nature Nanotechnology, doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.44 [link]

J.H. Taphouse, O.L. Smith, S.R. Marder, and B.A. Cola. A Pyrenylpropyl Phosphonic Acid Surface Modifier for Mitigating the Thermal Resistance of Carbon Nanotube Contacts. Advanced Functional Materials, 24:465-471, 2014. [pdf]

P. Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi, M.R. Maschmann, S.M. Mortuza, S. Banerjee, J.W. Baur, S. Graham, and B.A. Cola. Reversible Tailoring of Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Forests by Immersing in Solvents. Carbon, 69:178-187, 2014. [pdf]

P.F. Salazar, S. Kumar, and B.A. Cola. Design and Optimization of Thermo-Electrochemical Cells. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 44:325-336, 2014. [pdf]

D.R. ThompsonS.R. Rao, and B.A. Cola. A Stepped-Bar Apparatus for Thermal Resistance Measurements. ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, 135:041002, 2013. [pdf]










May 2, 2014

Congratulations to Cristal Vasquez for graduating with her M.S.! We wish her the best with her new job at Schlumberger! 

March 31, 2014

NEST graduate student Matthew Smith won 1st prize in the nanomaterials division at the 2nd annual Georgia Tech Materials Science and Engineering Poster Competition – Congratulations!

February 6, 2014

NEST graduate student Thomas Bougher was awarded the COPE Fellowship from the Georgia Tech Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics – Congratulations!

October 18, 2013

NEST group members Matthew Smith, Thomas Bougher, and Virendra Singh were runners-up in the COPE video competition – Congratulations!

The video competition was held by the Georgia Tech Center for Photonics and Electronics and the NEST members created a video on polymer nanotubes for thermal interface materials – watch the video

May 10, 2013

NEST graduate student Matthew Smith was awarded an IGERT: NESAC (Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion) Fellowship – Congratulations!

March 2013

NEST graduate student David Brown was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Congratulations!

November 15, 2012

NEST graduate student Tom Bougher, along with graduate students Caroline Burkhard Golin and Anne Mallow, were runner-up finalist in the SAIC Georgia Tech Student Paper Competition – Congratulations!!  Their paper is entitled “Towards a Comprehensive Framework for Nanomaterials:  An Interdisciplinary Assessment of the current Environmental Health and Safety Regulation regarding the handling of Carbon Nanotubes in Research and Manufacturing Settings.”

July 27, 2012

Prof. Cola is selected by President Obama to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE)! The citation reads “For outstanding research on energy conversion, nanoscale transport, and materials; and for significant outreach and educational activities involving K-12 students and teachers from disadvantaged minority communities”  Link

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