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Controlling Heat Flow in Nanostructured Two-Dimensional Materials


Term:

Fall

Department:

MITEI: MIT Energy Initiative

Faculty Supervisor:

Giuseppe Romano

Faculty email:

Giuseppe Romano: romanog@mit.edu

Apply by:

September 15th

Contact:

romanog@mit.edu

Project Description

Semiconducting nanostructures enable high thermal transport tunability thus are promising for thermal energy conversion and routing. Recently, two-dimensional (2D) patterned materials have been shown to be able to suppress heat transport at relatively large scales, closing the gap with possible experimental realization (https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.08940). While early theoretical work has been carried out on simple geometries, complex shapes have not been explored yet, leaving the engineering space largely unexplored. Using the open-source code, OpenBTE, (https://openbte.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html) the UROP will help perform simulations of heat transport in patterned 2D materials and identify promising configurations. This work can be performed fully remote and, thanks to the Google Colab version of the code, no large computing hardware is needed.

Pre-requisites

Fluency in Python and basic of calculus are required.