August 2018: We have a new paper published in Physical Review B on the first principles calculations of acoustic deformation potentials of PbTe.
June 2018: We have a new paper published in Physical Review B on the negative thermal expansion of GeTe near the ferroelectric phase transition.
May 2018: One PhD position on the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3 nanostructures is available in our group. Further description of the project and the application process are given at:
December 2017: Ronan Murphy successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations, Ronan!
November 2017: We are organizing "Nanophononics" and "Material Design for Energy Harvesting and Storage" tracks at the IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, taking place in Cork, Ireland on July 23-26, 2018. More information about the tracks can be found at:
September 2017: We are organizing "Nanostructures for Phononic Applications" Symposium at the European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, taking place in Strasbourg, France on June 18-22, 2018. Further information about the symposium is given at:
July 2017: International workshop "Thermoelectric Materials: From Theoretical Design to Industrial Application" took place at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland on July 3-6, 2017. The workshop showcased the latest developments in the thermoelectric field, spanning from basic research to practical applications, and gathered 60 participants from EU and USA.
April 2017: We have a new paper published in Physical Review B on the effects of increased proximity to the ferroelectric phase transition on the lattice thermal conductivity of Pb1-xGexTe alloys.
March 2017: Two postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Jiang Cao and Dr. José Querales-Flores, and a PhD student, Djordje Dangić, joined the group recently. Welcome!
February 2017: We are organizing an international workshop "Thermoelectric Materials: From Theoretical Design to Industrial Application", taking place at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland on July 3-6, 2017. The conference is supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Psi-k network for computational materials science. Further information about the conference is given at:
August 2016: We are starting a collaboration with the Atomistic Simulations Centre, Queen's University Belfast on the simulation of thermoelectric materials, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (ROI) and Deparment of Education and Learning (DEL). The team will include 2 postdocs + 2 PhD students at Tyndall, and 2 postdocs + 1 PhD student at Queen's. Further details about the Tyndall positions are given at:
July 2016: We have a new paper published in Nature Communications on the origin of lattice instability in PbTe deduced from ultrafast X-ray experiments and first principles theory. The work was carried out in collaboration with the team of Prof. David Reis, Stanford University.