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Dean’s Lecture Series: Nanogenerators as New Energy Technology and Piezotronics for Functional Systems

July 25, 2013

Drexel Engineering will host the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on July 29, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building room 104 with Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang, Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents' Professor, Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization at Georgia Tech. Wang will discuss the intersection between nanotechnology and energy. He will focus on how developing wireless nanodevices and nanosystems is of critical importance for sensing, medical science, environmental/infrastructure monitoring, defense technology and even personal electronics.

At the lecture titled, “Nanogenerators as New Energy Technology and Piezotronics for Functional Systems,” Wang will explain how nanogenerators (NGs) have been developed based on piezoelectric, trioboelectric and pyroelectric effect, aiming at building self-sufficient power sources for mico/nano-systems. This talk will emphasize the fundamentals and novel applications of NGs.

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Wang is a pioneer and world leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology for his outstanding creativity and productivity. He is the world’s top five most cited authors in nanotechnology. His publications have been cited more than 59,000 times. Wang received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in transmission electron microscopy. He has made original and innovative contributions to the synthesis, discovery, characterization and understanding of fundamental physical properties of oxide nanobelts and nanowires, as well as applications of nanowires in energy sciences, electronics, optoelectronics and biological science. His discovery and breakthroughs in developing nanogenerators establish the principle and technological road map for harvesting mechanical energy from environment and biological systems for powering a personal electronics. Wang’s research on self-powered nanosystems has inspired the worldwide effort in academia and industry for studying energy for micro-nano-systems, which is now a distinct disciplinary in energy research and future sensor networks. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics by introducing piezoelectric potential gated charge transport process in fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices.

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the University.