B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UVA, 2004B.A. Physics, UVA, 2004Ph.D. ​Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008​Harry S. Truman Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, 2008-2011

"We are studying new materials and systems to help create more energy efficient technologies and processes."

Patrick E. Hopkins, Professor

Patrick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at U.Va. Patrick received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from University of Virginia in 2008, following a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics at U.Va. in 2004. He spent 3 years as a Harry S. Truman Postdoctoral Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM from 2008 – 2011. Patrick began his faculty appointment at U.Va. in 12/2011 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 8/2015. Patrick is a recipient of the AFOSR and ONR Young Investigator Awards, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).


  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2016
  • ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer: ASME Journal of Heat Transfer 2016
  • National Finalist, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists 2014
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award 2013
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award 2013
  • Sandia National Laboratories Harry S. Truman Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2011

Research Interests

  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Nanoelectronics and 2-D Materials
  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • High Temperature Materials Science and Oxides
  • Rotating Machinery
  • Laser-materials interactions

Professor Patrick Hopkins - Heat Transfer Research

UVA Engineering Associate Professor Patrick Hopkins discusses his heat transfer research.

In the News

Selected Publications

  • “Tunable thermal transport and reversible thermal conductivity switching in topologically-networked bio-inspired materials,” Nature Nanotechnology 13, 959-964 (2018). ABS Tomko, J.A., Pena-Francesch, A., Jung, H., Tyagi, M., Allen, B.D., Demirel, M.C., Hopkins, P.E.
  • “Interfacial defect vibrations enhance thermal transport in amorphous multilayers with ultrahigh thermal boundary conductance,” Advanced Materials 30, 1804097 (2018). ABS Giri, A., King, S.W., Lanford, W.A., Mei, A.B., Merrill, D., Li, L., Oviedo, R., Richards, J., Olson, D.H., Braun, J.L., Gaskins, J.T., Deangelis, F., Henry, A., Hopkins, P.E.
  • “Interplay between total thickness and period thickness in the phonon thermal conductivity of superlattices across nano-to-microscales: Coherent vs. incoherent phonon transport,” Physical Review B 97, 085306 (2018). ABS Cheaito, R., Polanco, C.A., Addamane, S., Zhang, J., Ghosh, A.W., Balakrishnan, G., Hopkins, P.E.
  • “Localization of vibrational modes leads to reduced thermal conductivity of amorphous heterostructures,” Physical Review Materials 2, 056002 (2018). ABS Giri, A., Donovan, B.F., Hopkins, P.E.
  • “Plasma-surface interactions in atmospheric pressure plasmas: In situ measurements of electron heating in materials,” Journal of Applied Physics 124, 043301 (2018). ABS Walton, S.G., Foley, B.M., Tomko, J., Boris, D.R., Gillman, E.D., Hernandez, S.C., Giri, A., Petrova, Tz.B., Hopkins, P.E.