Phonons for energy 

What we do

Objectives:

 

  • Engineer the interaction of phonons and photons to harvest energy and develop sustainable thermal management solutions.

  • Reduce the current high energy footprint of modern thermoregulation technologies

  • Develop new passive thermoregulation systems using non-toxic materials

Concepts :

 

  • Radiative cooling

  • IR thermal radiation

  • Hybrid system (i.e radiative cooling with geotermal thermolectrics and solar photovoltaics

  • Passive thermal management

  • Control of light-matter interactions at infrared frequencies

  • Surface Phonon Polaritons to harvest radiative heat transfer

  • Novel sustainable energy technologies.

Radiative cooling

Thermal Methods

  • Continous temperature measurements 

  • Net coolign power characterization

  • FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopy

  • Raman thermometry, thermoreflectance
     

Fabrication

  • Nanoimprint lithography

  • Self-assembly​

 
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Our Team

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Dr. Juliana Jaramillo

(Coordinator)

Dr. Pedro David 

Garcia

Prof. Dr. Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres

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Dr. Emigdio

Chavez

Former members

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Dr. Guy

Whitworth

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Dr. Nikolaos

Kehagias

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Oriol Perez and

Andres Pinar

Maria Celia Lucana

Cristian Jorba

 

Collaborators

  • Prof. David Astrain at University of Navarra (Spain) – Geothermal thermoelectric generators with radiative cooling. Link
     

  • Prof. Cefe Lopez at Instituto de la Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain) – Self-assembled photonic crystals. link

  • Prof. Silvia Vignolini at University of Cambridge (UK) – Structured cellulose for radiative cooling link

 

Projects

  • Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND

  • MINECO - Surface- and interface- reshaped phonon propagation and phonon coupling to photons (SIP) - RTI2018-093921-A-C44

 
 

Awards

  • Collider Tech award

  • Best (female) postdoc paper ICN2 (Juliana Jaramillo)