Our Mission

The Thermal Materials Laboratory is primarily engaged in the experimental investigation of electron, phonon and magnon transport properties, particularly under the influence of temperature gradients.  The materials studied are narrow-gap semiconductors (primarily InSb, PbTe, and BiSb alloys), semimetals (primarily bismuth and graphite) and their nanostructures, and magnetic metals and insulators.  Researchers design, synthesize, and test of materials for thermoelectric applications, including power generation through solar-thermal, automotive waste heat recovery, and other solid-state power generation, as well as Peltier cooling.  New, spin-based approaches to solid-state thermal-to-electrical energy conversion are investigated.