Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Novel templates for nanowire thermoelectric devices"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
nanotechnology, nanowires, thermoelectrics, electrodeposition
Project Description:
Thermoelectric materials are capable of converting heat into electricity (power generation) and vice versa (refrigeration). Widespread use of thermoelectrics has been limited to niche applications due to the low efficiency of current thermoelectric materials, but nanotechnology offers the promise for improved efficiency. Bulk bismuth telluride based materials are the most commonly used thermoelectrics. This project focuses on fabricating bismuth telluride based nanowires towards improving device efficiency. In support of the research goals, the undergraduate student will focus on optimizing a novel aluminum oxide template for subsequent electrodeposition of nanowires.
Expected Student Contributions:
The DURI student will be performing experimental work that involves a) mechanical polishing, b) wet chemistry for fabricating nanowire templates, c) optical and electron microscopy characterization, and d) possibly electrodeposition of nanowires.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
desire for hands-on lab work
Estimated Weekly Hours:
9
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Schroeder, Jeremy
Deptartment/College:
Birck Nanotechnology Center

Student Supervisor

Name:
Jeremy Schroeder
Title:
Senior Research Associate

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Timothy Sands
Deptartment/College:
MSE and ECE