Argonne National Laboratory

Seminar Series

Date Title

Jan. 24, 2018

3:30 pm

Bldg. 440, Room A105/A106

"Light- and heat-managing nanomaterials for personal health and energy efficience", Po-Chun Hsu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.  Host:  Supratik Guha

Energy and health are the two vital necessities for humans. While energy is indispensable, it also produces greenhouse gas emission and climate change. In the US, 12% of total energy is used for maintaining indoor temperatures, which is the fundamental need for human health. Therefore, it is crucial to reduce the building energy consumption while maintaining thermal comfort. In this talk, I will present several nanomaterials that can manage photons and heat transfer to enhance building energy efficiency and personal health. The first part is the personal thermal management by controlling radiation heat transfer, which contributes 50% of the human body heat dissipation. I will demonstrate infrared-reflective nanowires textile for heating, infrared-transparent nanoporous polyethylene for cooling, and asymmetrical emitter to achieve both heating and cooling. The second part is transparent electrodes and electrochromic smart windows for solar heat gain modulation. Fabricated by electrospinning, the metal nanofiber transparent electrodes with superior electrical and optical properties and durability can improve the speed and cycle life of electrochromic windows.

Jan. 11, 2018

11:00 am

Bldg. 440, Room A105/A106

"There's Plenty of Room in Higher Dimensions - Internal Resonance and Decision Mechanisms in Mechanical Resonators", Axel Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.  Host:  David Czaplewski. 

To understand how adaptive behavior emerges in living and artificial systems is a major challenge for science. In this talk, I consider something simpler – dead vibrating silicon beams and graphene membranes. I will give a short introduction to nonlinear dynamics of vibrational modes in mechanical resonators. An interesting situation occurs when two vibrational modes have a rational relation between their frequencies – a so called internal resonance. The match in frequency allows for efficient transfer of energy between the two modes. Hence, the internal resonance will strongly affect both the dissipation and the driven response of the resonator. The complex response has similarities with other strongly nonlinear systems such as interacting neurons in the brain. Furthermore, the driven response may exhibit choice mechanisms leading to stochastic switching between different long-term behaviors. In future work, we plan to experimentally control this switching as a means to achieve primitive adaptive behavior in mechanical resonators.