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Advanced Manufacturing of Sustainable Energy and Sensor Systems from Nanoscale Building Blocks

Event Type
Mechanical Science and Engineering
4100 Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building
Jan 23, 2023   4:00 pm  
Professor Yanliang Zhang, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Amy Rumsey
Originating Calendar
MechSE Seminars


Nanoscale materials are attractive building blocks for a broad range of emerging technologies due to their unique and often superior properties. However, transforming nanoscale materials into functional devices and systems while translating their unique properties from nanoscale to macroscale remains a major challenge due to many scientific and technological obstacles.

This talk will focus on our research on developing versatile and synergistic additive manufacturing and scalable nanomanufacturing methods to manufacture and transform a broad range of emerging nanoscale materials into sustainable energy and sensor systems in a highly scalable and controllable manner. This talk will present our recent research progress on several closely related topics. First, I will present our research on scalable nanomanufacturing to create nanoscale building blocks and printable inks with desired physical property, colloidal stability and printability. Second, I will present our work on developing novel additive, hybrid and autonomous manufacturing methods to fabricate multifunctional and flexible/wearable devices for energy conversion, sensing and health monitoring. Finally, I will talk about innovative thermal processing and sintering methods that enable high-throughput and ultrafast sintering of printed semiconducting and metallic nanoparticles on delicate and temperature sensitive materials.

About the Speaker

Yanliang Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011, and his M.S. and B.S. from Southeast University in 2008 and 2005. His research focuses on additive manufacturing, scalable nanomanufacturing, autonomous and hybrid manufacturing, advanced materials and devices for energy conversion, sensing, and health monitoring. He has received honors including NSF Career Award, Young Investigator Award from International Thermoelectric Society, IBM Fellowship award, and multiple best paper awards at international conferences.

Host: Professor Arend van der Zande


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