Understanding and predicting transport phenomena in disordered media, whether in the bulk or at an interface, are still open problems for scientists in the field and are essential for the development of more efficient and cheap materials for a broad range of applications, both as standalone articles as well as for components in more integrated systems. Increased application of glassy and nanoheterogeneous (glass-ceramics, nanostructured composites) materials in areas such as energy generation and storage (photovoltaics, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, batteries), thermal isolation or conduction media, low-loss dielectrics, and electronic conduction (microelectronics, nanoelectronics), has encouraged research into the fundamental nature and control of bulk transport processes. Relevant phenomena at the surfaces of these types of materials can be equally as complicated, and with the rapid advances being made in fields like consumer electronics and flat panel display, understanding and controlling charge transport at the “2D” level has become a critical design consideration. This session is intended to provide a general forum for the discussion of the mechanisms, properties, and application of charge and energy transport phenomena in such disordered systems. Contributions on the experimental, theoretical, and modeling aspects relevant to the bulk and/or surface manifestations of these topics are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following.
- New material synthesis and characterization
- Novel experimental methods and instrumentation
- Charge transport theory and modeling (ionic and electronic transport)
- Thermal transport (including photonic systems and processes)
- Computational modeling of energy and charge transport