The State Key Lab of
High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Thermoelectric energy conversion-Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and System Applications
University of Notre Dame
Advanced materials and manufacturing methods have led to many scientific and technology advancements on thermoelectric energy conversion. This presentation will discuss scalable nanomanufacturing and additive manufacturing methods to fabricate high-performance and low-cost thermoelectric materials and devices, new metrology for thermoelectric property measurement, and nanostructured thermoelectric systems for waste heat recovery applications.
This talk will discuss several topics. First, this talk will present fundamental study of 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, this talk will discuss novel additive manufacturing and interface engineering methods to fabricate efficient and flexible thermoelectric devices using colloidal nanocrystals which resulted in unprecedented high power density and ultralow cost. Third, this talk will discuss design, modeling and manufacturing of high-performance nanostructured thermoelectric generator systems for waste heat recovery applications. Finally, this talk will present a novel scanning thermal probe method to map thermal and thermoelectric properties of nanostructured materials with high spatial resolution.
Yanliang Zhang is an assistant professor and the Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Energy lab in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Notre Dame. He received Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011. He is a recipient of the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation Career Award, an IBM Fellowship awardee, and multiple best paper awards at international conferences. Dr. Zhang’s research has been sponsored by prestigious funding awards from U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, and he has directed several major multi-institutional research projects. Dr. Zhang’s research work has been published on top scientific journals of high impact, including Nature Materials, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Scientific Reports, Energy Conversion and Management, Applied Physics Letters, etc.
Prof. Zhang’s lab has multiple openings for PhD students and postdocs. Interested students are highly encouraged to attend his talk and meet Prof. Zhang after his seminar.