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Natalio MINGO


Published on 16 April 2024

Natalio MINGO

Dr. hab. , CEA Fellow​​

Dr. Natalio Mingo founded the materials theory group at CEA-Liten Grenoble in 2007. Prior to this appointment he was a staff scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in California (2000-2006).

He has been the principal investigator on numerous research projects funded by the US National Science Foundation, NASA, and the EU, among others.

Dr. Mingo has authored numerous publications. He is also the originator of the shengBTE and almaBTE software projects.​





  • ​​1 staff​
  • 1 postdoc
  • 2 PhD students​​​

Research Activities​

Since 2020 we have been focusing on battery research.We are also one of the originating and main contributing groups in the new field of ab-initio thermal transport, having also introduced high throughput and machine learning approaches into this field.

Some of our scientific contributions concern nanostructured thermoelectrics, particularly on the concept of Nanoparticle Embedded in Alloy Thermoelectric (NEAT) materials, and the theoretical understanding of thermal transport in nanowires.

Another influential part of our research deals with low dimensional materials, including graphene.We are the creators of shengBTE, an open source software capable of predicting the thermal conductivity of periodic crystals without using any adjustable parameters.

More recently, we have released almaBTE, which contains all the capabilities of shengBTE and extends them to inhomogeneous materials, in a completey new and more powerful implementation.​

Selected publications and conferences:  

  • The phonon quantum of thermal conductance: Are simulations and measurements estimating the same quantity?, Science Advances 9 (41), Computer Physics Communications, 2014, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adi7439
  • ShengBTE: A solver of the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons,  Phys. Rev., 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2014.02.015
  • The high-throughput highway to computational materials designNature materials, 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nmat3568
  • Two-Dimensional Phonon Transport in Supported Graphene, Science, 2010, DOI: 10.1126/science.1184014

Selected patents: 

  • 2009 | Magnesium based nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric energy conversion, N° E.N. :PCT/FR2009000392 provisional number
  • 2009 | Micro-structure pour générateur thermoélectrique à effet Seebeck et procédé de fabrication d'une telle micro-structure, N° E.N. :09 53930
  • 2015 | Improved thermoelectric material with an antifluorite structure type matrix and method of manufacturing the material, US14/883343