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Purdue University

Nano-Device for Energy Harvesting and Sensing

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This course will introduce students to the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations and their applications in civil and environmental engineering. The specific applications will include, but not limited to, tailoring mechanical property, durability, self-cleaning, self-sealing, self-sensing, energy harvesting and other multi-functionality. It integrates the fields of materials science, civil engineering and electrical engineering. The basic concepts will be discussed including nano-scale effect, process-structure-property relationship, nano- and micro-structure property characterizations, multi-functional materials, nano-device fabrication and their applications for energy harvesting, water infiltrations and environmental sensing. lab will be provided to students enrolled in the course to learn nano and micro-structure characterizations skills.


Week 1:

  • Introduction to Thermoelectric
  • Thermoelectric Materials Properties
  • Thermoelectric Device Design
  • Thermoelectric Device Fabrication

Week 2:

  • Conventional Thermoelectric Generator Applications
  • Thermoelectric Generators for IoT Applications
  • Thermoelectric Sensors for Biomedical Applications
  • Thermoelectric Sensors fro Environmental Applications

Week 3:

  • Introduction to Piezoelectricity
  • Fundamentals of Piezoelectricity
  • Piezoelectric Characterization

Week 4:

  • Piezoelectric Device
  • Piezoelectric Transducer for Civil Engineering Application
  • Piezoelectric Nanogenerator
  • Piezoelectric Transducer Fabrication

Week 5:

  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning with Materials Science
  • Machine Learning Guided Materials Discovery
  • Data-Driven Energy Discovery

Taught by

Luna Lu, Guangshuai Han, Yining Feng and Raikhan Tokpatayeva


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