University of Washington, Department of Mechanical Engineering Seattle United States
This MURI project is aimed at designing a set of new energy-harvesting and storage materials EHSM and their integration of load-bearing airborne structures. The EHSM that were covered are, i organic solar cells based on two designs ,a dye-sensitized solar cells DSSC and b solid state semi-conductor polymer based solar cellsSSSPS, ii thermoelectric materials and modules, iii piezoelectrics and iv electromagnetic generator. This MURI team is composed of several universities, University of Washington UW, University of ColoradoCU, UCLA, Virginia Tech YT and University of lllinois UI at UC. UW team covers energy-harvesting and storage materials, and their integration to structures and supportive electric system, CU covers mainly the hierarchical modeling of EHSM,VT covers the multi-mode energy-harvesting system, UCLA covers mainly the integration of EHSS into load-bearing structures. Finally UI covers the micro-characterization of integrated EHSM into structures.