Dr. Pit Pillatsch

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Dr. Pit Pillatsch
Post Doctoral Researcher at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute
Advisor: Professor Paul K. Wright

2111 Etcheverry Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
E-mail: ppillatsch@berkeley.edu

Bio

I joined the team at UC Berkeley in early 2014 as a postdoc to work on several projects funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), FlexTech and the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI). I mostly live in 2111 Etcheverry and also have a swing space in Sutardja Dai Hall. I received my M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) after completing my thesis at Kyoto University (Japan) in 2010. I finished my Ph.D. at the Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (UK), in 2013 and continued working in that group as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Prize Fellow before starting this position here in Berkeley with Prof. Paul Wright.

FULL CV

Research Interests

Efficient energy harvesting from humans and machines, in particular from low frequency and random motion, e.g. for powering biosensors and medical implants; system integration of these devices with novel sensor technologies, e.g. gas pipeline safety monitoring; vibration analysis and testing; piezoelectric material research and modelling; wireless sensors and communications; wireless power transfer

BMI Projects

Publications

Refereed Journals

  1. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Magnetic Plucking Of Piezoelectric Beams For Frequency Up-Converting Energy Harvesters,” Smart Mat. and Struct, 01/2014 [link]
  2. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “A Piezoelectric Frequency Up-Converting Energy Harvester With Rotating Proof Mass For Human Body Applications,” Sensors and Actuators A – Physical, 10/2013 [link]
  3. L. M. Miller, P. Pillatsch, E. Halvorsen, P. K. Wright, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Experimental passive self-tuning behavior of a beam resonator with sliding proof mass,” J. of Sound and Vibration, 09/2013 [link]
  4. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “A Scalable Piezoelectric Impulse-Excited Energy Harvester For Human Body Excitation,” Smart Mat. and Struct., 11/2012 [link]

Patents

  1. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Power Generation Device,” UK application 1207987.7, filed 04/05/2012
  2. C. Annen, B. Oberpriller, P. Pillatsch and M. Wahl, “Verfahren zur Einrichtung eines Blechumformprozesses als Tiefziehprozess zur Herstellung von Tiefziehteilen, insbesondere von Karosseriebauteilen,” Patentanmeldung: 102010027440.2, 2010

Refereed Conferences

  1. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Real World Testing Of A Piezoelectric Rotational Energy Harvester For Human Motion,” in PowerMEMS, 2013 [link]
  2. P. Pillatsch, L.M. Miller, E. Halvorsen, P. K. Wright, E. M. Yeatman and A. S. Holmes “Self-tuning behavior of a clamped-clamped beam with sliding proof mass for broadband energy harvesting,” in PowerMEMS, 2013 [link]
  3. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “A Model For Magnetic Beam Plucking Of Piezoelectric Beams In Energy Harvesters,” in Transducers, 2013 [link]
  4. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “A Wearable Piezoelectric Rotational Energy Harvester,” in Body Sensor Networks, 2013 [link]
  5. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Magnetic Beam Plucking In A Piezoelectric Energy Harvester With Rotating Proof Mass,” in PowerMEMS, 2012
  6. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Piezoelectric Rotational Energy Harvester For Body Sensors Using An Oscillating Mass,” in Body Sensor Networks, 2012 [link]
  7. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “A Scalable Piezoelectric Impulse-Excited Generator For Random Low Frequency Excitation,” in IEEE MEMS, 2012, pp. 1205-1208. [link]
  8. P. Pillatsch, E. M. Yeatman, and A. S. Holmes, “Piezoelectric Impulse-Excited Generator For Low Frequency Non-Harmonic Vibrations,” in PowerMEMS, 2011, pp. 245-248.
  9. C. Annen, P. Pillatsch, P. Hora, “Metamodelling based Planning and Control of Sheet Metal Forming Processes,” in IDDRG Conference Proceedings, 2010

Other Contributions

  1. Bay Area Postdoc Research Symposium, March 2014 (Oral Presentation)
  2. Energy Harvesting Network – Annual One Day Dissemination Event, March 2013 (Poster)
  3. Imperial College Graduate School Summer Research Symposium, July 2012 (Poster)
  4. Energy Harvesting Network – Annual One Day Dissemination Event, March 2012 (Poster)
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