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Session 3: Charge and energy transport in disordered materials



The control of charge and energy streams in materials is central to their application in a broad range of thermal, energy generation/storage, and electronic technologies. As the underlying structure of these systems become disordered, challenges in understanding and manipulating transport phenomena become paramount in establishing structural design criteria, formulation, and processing methods to provide optimized properties. With the increased consideration and application of glassy and nanoheterogeneous (e.g., glass-ceramics, nanocomposite) materials in such areas as energy generation and storage (e.g., photovoltaics, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, batteries), thermal isolation or conduction media, and low-loss dielectrics and electronic conduction (microelectronics, nanoelectronics), new insights into the fundamental nature and control of transport processes and their coupling become important. This symposium is intended to provide a general forum for the discussion of the mechanisms, properties, and applications of charge and energy transport phenomena in such disordered systems. Contributions on the experimental, theoretical, and modeling aspects of these topics are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to those listed.


  • Material synthesis and characterization (thin film, bulk, fiber)
  • Novel experimental methods and instrumentation
  • Charge transport theory and measurement (including ionic and electronic conduction)
  • Thermal transport (including phononic systems and processes)
  • Computational modeling of energy and charge transport
  • Applications



B.G. Potter Jr., University of Arizona

Krishna Muralidharan, University of Arizona

Gang Chen, Ohio University

David Drabold, Ohio University

Mario Affatigato, Coe College



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