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MIE Seminar Series:Additive Manufacturing and thermoelectric energy conversion


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:15am


Yanliang Zhang, Assistant Professor, Boise State University


Kellogg Room, Elab II


Additive manufacturing methods have led to many scientific and technology advancements in new materials and devices for energy, electronic and sensor applications. This presentation will discuss additive manufacturing and scalable nanomanufacturing methods to fabricate flexible materials and devices with controllable electron and phonon transport properties that could have broad applications, and in particular, thermoelectric energy conversion.

First, I will present a scalable nanomanufacturing method to fabricate chalcogenide nanocrystals and our fundamental investigations of their thermal and thermoelectric transport properties. Second, I will talk about a novel additive manufacturing method that can transform the colloidal nanocrystal inks into flexible films and devices of unprecedented charge carrier mobility and thermoelectric efficiency. Finally, I will talk about the design, simulation and manufacturing of nanostructured thermoelectric systems for waste heat recovery applications. The above research breakthroughs are on track to create a sustainable and commercially viable technology for energy harvesting and cooling, and flexible electronics and sensor applications.

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 a recipient of NSF Career Award in 2017, an IBM research fellowship in 2008-2010, and multiple best paper awards from international conferences. Dr. Zhang’s research has been sponsored by multiple funding awards from National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, and he has directed several multi-institutional research projects on advanced energy and sensor systems. Dr. Zhang’s research work has been published on numerous scientific journals of high impact, and his publications have received over 600 citations in the past 6 years.