MAE Seminar: Yanliang Zhang, “Thermoelectric Energy Conversion-Materials, Manufacturing and Systems”

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01/26/2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
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MAE-A Room 303
939 Sweetwater Dr
Gainesville, FL 32611

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Abstract
Thermoelectric devices are solid-state energy converters from heat to electricity or vise versa, which have broad applications in energy harvesting, power generation and cooling. High-efficiency and low-cost thermoelectric systems require significant improvements of intrinsic materials performances and advancements in system design and manufacturing.

This presentation will cover three important topics on thermoelectric energy conversion – materials, manufacturing and systems. First, I will present our fundamental study on thermal and thermoelectric transport properties in nanostructured materials fabricated using scalable nanomanufacturing methods, which have led to significant increases in thermoelectric figure of merit ZT. Second, I will discuss novel additive manufacturing and interface engineering methods to fabricate efficient and flexible thermoelectric devices of high power density and ultralow cost. Finally, I will talk about the design, simulation and manufacturing of nanostructured thermoelectric systems for energy harvesting applications. The above research breakthroughs are on track to create a sustainable and commercially viable energy technology for automotive, industrial, residential, and personal energy harvesting and thermal management applications.

Biography
Yanliang Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering in Boise State University. He received Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011, and spent over one year in industry prior to his current faculty position. He is recipient of a prestigious IBM research fellowship, and multiple best paper awards from international conferences. Dr. Zhang’s research has been sponsored by funding awards from Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, and he has directed several multi-institutional research projects on advanced thermoelectric energy systems.

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