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MAE Seminar: “Hybri nanomanufacturing of self-powered human-integrated sensors”

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


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 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 sensors through the hybrid nanomanufacturing of heterostructured devices. 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. This research is expected to have a positive impact and immediate relevance to many societally pervasive areas, e.g., telehealth, consumer electronics, and robotics.

Tune in December 9, 2022 @ 10 a.m. to watch live.


Dr. Wenzhuo Wu is the Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Rising Star Associate Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. He received his BS in Electronic Information Science and Technology in 2005 from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, and his ME in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2008. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. Dr. Wu’s research interests include the design, manufacturing, and integration of nanomaterials for applications in energy, electronics, optoelectronics, and wearable devices. He was a recipient of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2016, the IOP Semiconductor Science and Technology Best Early Career Research in 2017, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Sustainable Development Award in 2018, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Barbara M. Fossum Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 2019, Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigator in 2019, Advanced Materials Interfaces Hall of Fame in 2020, the ARO Young Investigator Award in 2020, the NSF Early CAREER Award in 2021, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Functional Materials Division (FMD) Young Leaders Professional Development Award in 2022, a TMS Emerging Leader at the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference in 2022, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (MINE) Young Scientist Award from Nature Publishing Group in 2022, Purdue College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Research in 2022, Advanced Materials Technologies Hall of Fame in 2022, an invited participant at the 2022 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and an invited participant in the first U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium in 2022.


December 9
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


EB3 2240