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Hybrid nanomanufacturing for self-powered smart skin and user interface

--- Dr. Wenzhuo Wu from Purdue University, will be delivering a seminar as part of Robotics Accelerator's seminar series.The talk is on Friday, November 10th, 3:30pm at BRWN 1154.


The seamless and adaptive interactions between functional devices and their environment (e.g., the human body) are critical for advancing emerging technologies, e.g., wearable devices, consumer electronics, and human-machine interface. The state-of-the-art technologies, however, require a complex integration of heterogeneous components to interface the environmental, mechanical stimulus, which is ubiquitous and abundant in the above applications. These limitations have severely hampered the advancement and broader utilization of related technologies. Moreover, all existing technologies require a power source, which complicates the system design and limits operation schemes.

In this talk, I will discuss our recent progress in developing self-powered human-integrated nanodevices through the hybrid nanomanufacturing of heterostructured nanodevices. This new class of wearable devices are conformable to human skins and can sustainably perform self-powered, non-invasive functions, e.g., physiological monitoring and gesture recognition, by harvesting the operation power from the human body. Such an operation scheme is fundamentally hinged on the polarization induced current term in Maxwell's displacement current. This research is expected to have a positive impact and immediate relevance to many societally pervasive areas, e.g., biomedical monitoring, consumer electronics, and intelligent robotics.


Dr. Wenzhuo Wu is an Assistant Professor in School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. in Electronic Information Science and Technology in 2005 from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei and his M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2008. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. Dr. Wu's research focuses on the materials and technology innovation in nanomanufacturing for renewable energy, human-integrated technologies, etc. Dr. Wu has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, with total citations over 4200 and an h-index of 33.


---The Purdue Robotics Accelerator is hosting a Robotics Seminar Series throughout this Fall semester. The Robotics Seminar series is ramping up again this semester on alternate Fridays from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM at BRWN 1154.

Seminars speakers:

· Sept 15: Brittany Newell, Purdue

· Sept 29: Bin Yao, Purdue

· Oct 13: Emel Demircan, CSULB

· Oct 27: Ashish Deshpande, UT Austin

· Nov 10: Wenzhuo Wu, Purdue

· Dec 1: Venkat Krovi, Clemson

· Jan 19:

· Feb 2: Howie Choset, CMU?

· Feb 23: Cagdas Onal, WPI

· Mar 2: Allison Okimura, Stanford

· Mar 30: Rodrigo Rimando, DOE?

· Apr 13: Janet Goings, GM?

· Apr 27:


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Past Events

---Prof. Voyles attended the US/Japan Disaster Robotics Workshop in Tokyo on April 24 to discuss US/Japan scientific cooperation, followed by a visit to the Fukushima nuclear plant site on April 25. Dr. Voyles represented the Office of Science and Technology Policy on this visit.

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