This program is part of the IIT Distinguished Lectureship Series (VIRTUAL).
Nanoengineered materials have exciting, untapped potential to improve energy and water technologies. In this talk, Dr. Wang will provide a few examples of how nanoscale manipulation capabilities are leveraged to develop advanced thermal management, solar thermal energy conversion, and water harvesting devices.
First, she will discuss her research group’s recent work that harnesses novel surface designs to control and manipulate wettability and liquid-vapor phase-change processes. The group demonstrated high flux evaporation from ultra-thin nanoporous membranes for thermal management applications. Next, Dr. Wang will discuss how nanoengineered materials can also be used to increase the efficiency of solar thermal devices. Specifically, she will share her group’s work on optically transparent thermally insulating aerogel solar receivers for energy conversion and medical sterilization. Finally, Dr. Wang will present a water harvesting device that leverages the unique properties of metal organic frameworks and other adsorbents along with novel device architectures to address water scarcity challenges in arid climates.
Wednesday, April 14th from 3:30-4:45pm CT via Illinois Tech YouTube.
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