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

M.K. SmithV. Singh, K. Kalaitizdou, and B.A. Cola. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Nanotube Array Surfaces with Tunable Wetting and Contact Thermal Energy Transport. ACS Nano, 9(2):1080-1088, 2015. [pdf]

P.F. SalazarS.T. StephensA.H. Kazim, J.M. Pringle, and B.A. Cola. Enhanced Thermo-electrochemical Power using Carbon Nanotube Additives in Ionic Liquid Redox Electrolytes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2(48):20676-20682, 2014. [pdf]

P.F. SalazarK.J. ChanS.T. Stephens, and B.A. Cola. Enhanced Electrical Conductivity of Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids Mixed with Carbon Nanotubes: A Spectroscopic Study. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 161(9):H481-H486, 2014. [pdf]

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]









 April 19, 2015

NEST graduate student Matt Smith and the GT men’s intramural basketball team win their 2nd strait national championship! Check it out here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwAs9dU0to0. Congrats to the back-to-back champs!! 

March 31, 2015

NEST graduate student Eric Tervo was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship – Congratulations!

March 15, 2015

NEST graduate student Matt Smith was awarded a TI:GER Fellowship (http://scheller.gatech.edu/centers-initiatives/tiger/) to help commercialize his research – Congratulations!

February 11, 2015

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


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