Additive Manufacturing of Energy Harvesting Material System for Active Wireless Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Sensors


Thermal Energy Harvesting Setup
Thermal Energy Harvesting Setup
University of Texas at El Paso
Website:  University of Texas at El Paso
Award Number:  FE0027502
Project Duration:  09/01/2016 – 08/31/2019
Total Award Value:  $250,000
DOE Share:  $250,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  University Training and Research
Key Technology: 
Location:  El Paso, Texas

Project Description

This project will design, fabricate, and evaluate an energy harvesting material system capable of operating at up to 1200ยบ C to harvest both vibrational and thermal energy for powering high-temperature wireless MEMS sensors. This project will establish theoretical models to predict the effective material property, fabricate ceramic-graphene composites using the binder jetting 3D printing technique, and determine mechanical, thermal, and simultaneous energy harvesting properties at high temperatures.

Project Benefits

This project will provide full knowledge set of graphene/Lithium Niobate Crystal (LiNbO3) modeling, 3D printing fabrication, characterization, and energy harvesting potential. The findings could lead to the discovery of a new energy harvesting material design paradigm for powering wireless harsh environment MEMS sensors.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Ryan Wicker:

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