Anthony Rice

Graduate Student Researcher
2519 Engineering II


  • B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


Born outside Philadelphia PA, Anthony attended Carnegie Mellon University from 2007-2011 where he received a B.S. in physics as well as a B.S. in materials science & Engineering. During that time he was involved in undergrad research in a number of areas, including ferrogels, microstructure instability in solid oxide fuel cell, and silicon nanowire solar cells. In 2011 he entered the materials PhD program at UCSB and joined the Palmstrom group.


My research is currently on processing and measurement of semiconducting half-Heuslers thin-films, particularly focusing on their thermoelectric properties over a wide range of temperatures. Much work has been done already on these systems for bulk materials, but very few studies have been done on thin-films, mostly confined to sputtering. Their power factors have been to show to be very high, however they similarly have high thermal conductivity, limiting their figure of merit. One suggested mechanism for increasing phonon scattering is to create a 2-phase mixture by introducing an excess of one component to cause regions of a metallic phase to separate out throughout the semiconducting matrix. We are currently studying the CoTiSb and NiTiSn systems.