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Session 2. 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.  In disordered systems, 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, nanostructured composites) materials addressing 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, often coupled, transport processes is of key interest.  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 of these topics are encouraged.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Material synthesis and characterization (thin film, bulk, fiber)
  • Novel experimental methods and instrumentation
  • Charge transport theory and measurement (ionic and carrier transport)
  • 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


Xiang-Hua Zhang, University of Renne

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