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  • May
    15

    SPREE Seminar Series- Understanding Heat Transport at Grain Boundaries Through High Resolution Imaging- Elenora Isotta

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    11:00 AM A236, Technological Institute

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    Abstract: Grain boundaries have a central importance for functional properties of materials. They can critically control thermal and elactrical transport, determining the performance of energy and electronic materials. In thermoelectric materials – promising for refrigerant-free cooling and waste heat energy harvesting – grain boundaries can be leveraged to suppress the thermal conductivity, but can also detrimentally suppress the carrier mobility. Grain boundaries are not all equal: they are associated to several degrees of freedom, and can come in multiple orientations, symmetries, and chemistries. Recent evidence suggests that some types of grain boundaries could be more beneficial than others for the thermoelectric performance. Despite the importance, we lack a clear understanding of how grain boundaries modify the microscale transport owing to the scarcity of local investigations. Usually the role of grain boundaries is inferred from bulk, effective measurements. However, understanding how grain boundaries impact transport locally is a crucial perspective to enable grain-boundary engineering for the next generation of high-performance thermoelectrics.

    In this seminar, I will introduce our recent work on thermal conductivity imaging of grain boundaries via spatially-resolved frequency-domain thermoreflectance. Measurements with microscale resolution reveal a suppression in thermal conductivity at grain boundaries both in thermoelectric SnTe and photovoltaic multicrystalline silicon. In contrast to conventional thermal modeling, which assumes that all boundaries are perfect scatterers and lead to uniformly suppressed thermal conductivity, we observe a non-uniform suppression localized within a few microns of a boundary. Furthermore, not all grain boundaries behave the same: misorientation angle, symmetry, as well as interface roughness and morphology are found to strongly correlate with the effective thermal boundary resistance. Extracting transport properties from microscale imaging can provide comprehensive understanding of how individual microstructural components work. In particular, it can advance the study of grain boundary phases - i.e. two-dimensional phases stabilized at the boundary and that can be controlled via thermodynamics - by correlating how thier local chemistry and structure impact functional properties. This development can improve our understanding of carrier-defect interactions, enabling the rational engineering of interfaces and materials microstructures for superior performance in energy and electronics.

    Bio: Eleonora Isotta is currently a Postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. She joined in fall 2022 and has been working on thermal transport in semiconductors, developing methods to perform thermal imaging of defects, with a focus on grain boundaries, together with Prof. G. J. Snyder and Prof. O. Balogun. She received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2015 and M.S. in Energy Engineering in 2017 from University of Trento. In 2021, she received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of Trento, with a dissertation on the interplay between crystal structure and transport properties in thermoelectric materials. She then pursued a Postdoc at Michigan State University working on thermal transport and elasticity in thermoelectric materials. Her current research interests involve thermal transport, microstructure engineering, and materials for thermoelectrics and electronics.

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    TIME Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    LOCATION A236, Technological Institute    map it

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

  • May
    20

    AED/MPM PD Seminar Series- Andres Marulanda Escobar

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    11:00 AM 1101, Pancoe-NSUHS Life Sciences Pavilion

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    TIME Monday, May 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    LOCATION 1101, Pancoe-NSUHS Life Sciences Pavilion    map it

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

  • May
    20

    Curious Life Certificate Information Session

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    12:00 PM Design Studio 3 (Room 3-210), Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Monday, May 20, 2024 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    LOCATION Design Studio 3 (Room 3-210), Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Bruce Ankenman    ankenman@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • May
    22

    SPREE Seminar Series- Mechanism-Based Multi-Scale Models for Damage and Failure in Heterogeneous Materials- Kedar Kirane

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    11:00 AM A236, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

  • May
    24

    EES Seminar Series- PFAS Characterization- Gordon Getzinger

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    2:00 PM A236, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 24, 2024 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Jun
    6

    CEE Department Graduation Recognition and Ceremony

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    4:00 PM 1702 Chicago Ave

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    TIME Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    LOCATION 1702 Chicago Ave   

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Jun
    7

    CEE Graduating Undergraduate Celebrating

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

    6:00 PM 623 W Howard St

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    TIME Friday, June 7, 2024 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    LOCATION 623 W Howard St   

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    CONTACT Andrew Liguori    andrew.liguori@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

  • Jun
    10

    Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master's Degree Recognition Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    9:00 AM Welsh-Ryan Arena

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    TIME Monday, June 10, 2024 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    LOCATION Welsh-Ryan Arena   

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    CONTACT Amy Pokrass    amy.pokrass@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Jun
    10

    Northwestern Engineering Undergraduate Convocation

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    2:00 PM Welsh-Ryan Arena

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    TIME Monday, June 10, 2024 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    LOCATION Welsh-Ryan Arena   

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    CONTACT Amy Pokrass    amy.pokrass@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Aug
    14

    Undergraduate Quantum Summer School

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    All Day Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, August 14, 2024

    LOCATION Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Dongyang Li    lidongyang@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Aug
    15

    Undergraduate Quantum Summer School

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    All Day Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Thursday, August 15, 2024

    LOCATION Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Dongyang Li    lidongyang@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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