Sam Miller


Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Office: Cook 3061
Phone: (847) 491-5949

2013-Present Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
2009-2013 B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University
Thesis: A Combined Computational and Experimental Search for New Thermoelectric Materials

I work on a project that uses a physics based semi-empirical model to predict properties of known materials in an effort to find new thermoelectric materials. I worked on building the original model as well as implemented changes to significantly improve the lattice thermal conductivity model so that it is accurate to within a factor of 1.5 across four orders of magnitude. Experimentally, I’ve worked on complex oxides and layered chalcogenides based on predictions from the semi-empirical model.