10/17: Energy Harvesting Next Generation using a Triboelectric Nanogenerator

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

In cooperation with Host: IEEE Nanotechnology Council

Are proud to sponsor a talk on:
Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Next Generation Mechanical Energy Harvesting

Dr. Myeong-Lok Seol, Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

Register: Here

Tues Oct 17

11:30am: Networking, Pizza & drinks

 Noon-1PM: Seminar

Cost: $6; discount for IEEE Members, Students & Unemployed

Location: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center
2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95052
See the TI Building location map and directions

Demand for mobile power sources is increasing with the growth of wireless sensor networks, mobile healthcare devices, and internet-of-things (IoT). Most small electronic components use a battery as the sole power source, but all batteries have a limited lifetime and require costly recharging and replacement. Mechanical energy harvesting is a technique that converts ambient mechanical energy sources, such as vibration, wind, and motion, into useful electrical energy. By introducing energy harvesters, small electronic systems can extend their lifetime, reduce maintenance costs, and enable sustainable operation. The triboelectric nanogenerator is a recently developed mechanical energy harvester that is based on triboelectricity.
Triboelectricity has been generally considered a harmful phenomenon because it often causes breakdown of electronic circuits and natural fires. However, in terms of energy harvesting, this strong power is an advantage when properly controlled and collected. In this seminar, the background and fundamental principles of the triboelectric nanogenerator will be explained. A nanostructure implementation technique based on the nature-replication method to improve output performance will also be presented. In addition, recent research progress on triboelectric nanogenerators for space missions will be introduced.

Myeong-Lok Seol
is a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. His research interests include energy harvesting and nanotechnology-enabled electronic devices. Currently, he is developing energy harvesting devices for space missions, including a Mars-based triboelectric nanogenerator and an all-printed triboelectric nanogenerator. He received the B.S. degree in 2010 and the Ph.D. degree in 2016 from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea. He has published 55 international journal articles, has presented at 7 international conferences, and has received 8 patents.

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council provides a forum for leading researchers and companies to discuss their work, along with networking opportunities for local scientists and engineers

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 21,000 individuals engaged in electric power engineering.  The Industry Applications Society focuses on the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical and electronic engineering in the development, design, manufacture and application of electrical systems, apparatus, devices and controls.

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