ITRI-Rosenfeld Seminar: Thermal Design of Systems Based on Coordination Polymers: From Thermoelectric Generators to Solar Desalination
Coordination polymers constitute an interesting class of materials with adjustable functional groups and structures that can be tuned for applications ranging from flexible electronics to separation processes and energy storage. These materials can be integrated into devices powered by a renewable source, i.e., solar energy or low grade waste heat. In this context, thermal systems design becomes a major driver for device performance. The first part of this talk will focus on the development of coordination polymers as n-type semiconductors for thermoelectric (TE) waste heat recovery. Contrary to traditional flat-plate TE devices, thermal models indicate that a radial geometry results in a 10x improvement in power density for polymer-based devices. The second part of this talk will extend the applicability of a subset of coordination polymers, namely metal organic frameworks (MOFs), to water desalination. This in turn would enable the development of a solar-thermal desalination system that is potentially low cost, with the added benefit of operating in a modular configuration, off-grid.
PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Akanksha Menon is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Prof. Shannon Yee’s lab. Her dissertation work is focused on developing conducting polymers and device architectures for thermoelectric waste heat recovery. Akanksha is a recipient of two fellowships and the 2017 MRS Graduate Student Award. She has served as the Co-President of the Energy Club @ Georgia Tech and has been recognized as a TA Fellow by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to her Ph.D., Akanksha earned her M.S. at Georgia Tech with a focus on heat transfer and energy systems, and a B.S. from Texas A&M University at Qatar, where she performed research on solar-thermal hydrogen production.