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Flextech project overview

A short video introduction of the research Advanced Manufacturing for Energy is doing in flexible printed batteries for the Flextech alliance.

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Printed Thermoelectric Generators


The aim of this work is to design a printed thermoelectric generator to scavenge waste heat off of virtually any hot surface. Previous studies conducted in this lab produced novel techniques for printing both the p-type and n-type materials that,

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Cooling High-Power LEDs With Piezoelectric Fans


Research project in conjunction with Siemens AG. The project’s goal is to cool a high-powered LED, simulated with resistive heaters attached to an aluminum block, from 100 ºC down to the 50-60 ºC range. Siemens requested that the solution be

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A Fully Integrated, Printed, Self-Rechargeable Wireless Sensor Node for Engine and Motor Condition Monitoring


We envision a new generation of cyber-physical products designed, manufactured, maintained and serviced in a consistent way over their complete life cycle.

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Sensor Instrumentation to Improve Safety in U.S. Underground Coal Mines

Coal mine safety sensor system to prevent dust explosions

Coal mining is recognized as a dangerous undertaking. Explosions of gases that may exist underground (e.g. methane) and of fine coal dust mixed with air are well-known hazards, in addition to which are unexpected structural collapses. This project is aimed

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Self-Adaptive Energy Harvesting

Self-tuning resonant energy harvesting experimental set-up

Vibrational energy harvesting seeks to transform the energy in mechanical vibrations to useful electrical power to operate small electrical devices. Most vibrational harvesters rely upon the resonance of a structure excited by input vibrations to develop the large deformations necessary

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Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Node for Monitoring of Overhead Power Lines

A prototype of a self-powered wireless sensor node for monitoring of overhead power lines.

The idea of using sensors to measure everything enables us to seamlessly interact with our surroundings. Ubiquitously distributed sensor nodes [e.g. SmartDust, SWARM] is becoming a significant part of our digital life in this post personal computing era. However, unlike

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Printed Zn/MnO2 Batteries with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte


Advancements in manufacturing have allowed electronics to move from the rigid circuit board to flexible substrates. Novel inks are being made to print sensors and even energy harvesters. To support these devices and the systems they are a part of,

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Printed Supercapacitors with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

Stencil Printed Electrode

Supercapacitors are used in high power applications where the low current limitation of batteries is inadequate to meet the need of an electronic device. Either used in tandem with a battery to provide short bursts of high current, or as

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