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  • Jan
    18

    TAM Seminar Series - Pradeep Sharma - Flexoelectricity and Electrets

    McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

    3:00 PM ITW 1.350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Flexoelectricity and Electrets

    Abstract

    The ability of certain materials to convert electrical stimuli into mechanical deformation, and vice versa, is a prized property. Not surprisingly, applications of such so-called piezoelectric materials are broad—ranging from energy harvesting to self-powered sensors. In this presentation, I will highlight a relatively understudied electromechanical coupling called flexoelectricity that appears to have implications in topics ranging from biophysics to the design of next-generation soft multifunctional materials. Specifically, I will argue, through computational examples, the tantalizing possibility of creating “apparently piezoelectric” materials without piezoelectric materials—e.g. graphene, emergence of “giant” piezoelectricity at the nanoscale, and (among others) the mechanisms underpinning magnetoreception in certain animals.

    Biography

    Pradeep Sharma is the M.D. Anderson Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics. He received his Ph.D. in micromechanics of materials (mechanical engineering) from the University of Maryland at College Park in the year 2000. Subsequent to his doctoral degree, he was employed at General Electric R & D for more than three years as a research scientist. There he worked in two simultaneous programs on Nanotechnology and Photonics apart from basic research in problems of theoretical and computational materials science. He joined the department of mechanical engineering at University of Houston in January 2004. His honors and awards include the Young Investigators Award from Office of Naval Research, Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the ASME, Texas Space Grants Consortium New Investigators Program Award, the Fulbright fellowship, the Melville medal and the University of Houston Research Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the ASME, the associate editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids and serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

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    TIME Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Jan
    29

    ME 512 Seminar - Ping Guo - Novel Manufacturing Process and Equipment Inspired by Applied Physics: From Structural Coloration to Self-Levitation

    McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

    3:00 PM L211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, January 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    LOCATION L211, Technological Institute    map it

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    CONTACT Theresa Santos    tami.santos@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Mar
    17

    Winter Classes End

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    TIME Saturday, March 17, 2018

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  • Mar
    19

    Winter Examinations Begin

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    TIME Monday, March 19, 2018

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  • Mar
    24

    Spring Break Begins

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    TIME Saturday, March 24, 2018

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  • Apr
    1

    Easter

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    TIME Sunday, April 1, 2018

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  • Apr
    2

    Spring Break Ends

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    TIME Monday, April 2, 2018

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