Sponsored by: Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE) and NASA
Electrical Engineering students fabricate and characterize high efficient thermoelectric devices for thermoelectric generator and thermoelectric cooling applications. They use the Electrical Engineering Clean Room and Center for Irradiation of Materials (CIM). Our students start learning the basics by working in the laboratory and increase their level of technical sophistication by working closely with faculty. The importance of thermoelectric devices is due to their utility in production of electricity from wasted heat especially in car engines. CIM instruments include a wide array of fabrication and characterization tools including Ion Beam Assisted Deposition system (IBAD), Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), DC/RF Sputtering, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Raman Spectroscopy, XPS, Optical Absorption Spectroscopy, Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, Seebeck Coefficient measurement system, Electrical Conductivity and thermal conductivity systems, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), High energy beam Accelerators, Rutherford back Scattering Spectroscopy (RBS) etc..