Department(s): Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Hybrid Battery Systems; Energetic Composites and Devices
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Power consumption of portable electronics is a technical challenge for the semiconductor industry because power supplies do not adhere to Moore's Law. Miniaturization of power supplies alone will not meet the needs for lifetime, robustness and scale of new devices.
Energy harvesting and incorporation of hybrid energy systems offer many of the needed elements for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and meso-scaled devices, though technology and materials advancements are needed for the realization of optimized devices and systems. The Hybrid Energy Systems Laboratory group strives to tackle power supply challenges through 1) Design of Integrated Hybrid Energy Systems and 2) Development of analytical and numerical models for prediction of performance characteristics of energetic materials.
The group consists of Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. level researchers that perform basic and applied work that includes materials development and device/system design, diagnostics and performance prediction.