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 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, optical 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

A. SharmaV. SinghT.L. Bougher, and B.A. Cola. A Carbon Nanotube Optical Rectenna. Nature Nanotechnology, online. [link]

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]

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, 9:384-390, 2014. [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]









November 5, 2015

Prof. Cola honored as a 40 under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Shared the stage with 39 amazing individuals, including Atlanta native Ludacris!

October 25, 2015

NESTers Tom Bougher and Matt Smith win NSF I-Corps grant to explore commercializing thermally conductivity polymer. Good luck with customer discovery guys!!

October 23, 2015

Congrats to NEST Ph.D. Student Tom Bougher for a successful defense of his dissertation!! Go Dr. Bougher!

September 28, 2015

NEST lab demonstrates world’s first optical rectenna for electricity from visible and solar light! 

September 1, 2015

Prof. Cola is honored as a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT for the 2015-2016 academic year! 

August 17, 2015

Welcome to new NEST graduate students Erik Anderson and Zhe Cheng!

April 19, 2015

NEST graduate student Matt Smith and the GT men’s intramural basketball team win their 2nd strait national championship! Congrats to the back-to-back champs!! 

March 31, 2015

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


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