Dr. Cola’s work is both fundamental and applied, and has been featured in several news sources including IEEE Spectrum, Science Daily, Phys.org, C&E News, and the Baltimore Times. He is currently focused on understanding and designing thermal transport and energy conversion in nanostructures and devices – particularly those based on carbon nanotubes or conjugated polymers. His group develops tools to characterize thermal transport across several orders of scale for this purpose. His research interests also include scalable fabrication of organic and organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures for novel technological use. These technologies include thermal interface materials, thermo-electrochemical cells, solar rectenna, and materials that can be tuned to regulate the flow of heat. Support for his work has included funding from NSF, DARPA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and Georgia Research Alliance. Dr. Cola founded Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc. in 2012 to commercialize thermal materials solutions. Dr. Cola teaches Heat Transfer, Nanoengineered Energy Technologies (developed by Dr. Cola), and Senior Capstone Design. He has also developed award-winning programs to engage young students and the public in nanotechnology and energy research, and has presented over 75 technical talks and 10 talks to the general public.
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