Energy Conversion Materials Laboratory
The majority of the world’s energy sources are currently non-renewable. Additionally, most energy sources reject waste-heat as a result of typical conversion inefficiencies.
The vision of the Energy Conversion Materials Laboratory is to recover this waste-heat, therefore increasing the efficiency of the world’s current energy sources, and to ultimately offer a solid-state, renewable solution.
The Energy Conversion Materials Laboratory works towards this goal by gaining a fundamental understanding of thermal-to-electrical transport in solid-state materials. Characterizing coupled thermal, electrical, and magnetic transport can offer insight into transport mechanisms that can increase energy conversion efficiency, moving novel materials closer towards device viability.