Integrated Functional Nanostructures
for Sensing and Energy Applications

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 3:15 pm
Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK)
Reception to follow at 4:15 pm

Liwei Lin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC)
Co-Deputy Director, Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI)
University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: Zero-, one-, and two-dimensional nanostructures have attracted great interests in the past decades for various applications. Fundamental investigations on the synthesis, assembly and integration of nanomaterials have led to potential applications in sensors, energy and medicine. Leveraging from MEMS technologies, we have been working on the integration of functional nanostructures for sensors and energy generation/storage applications, including:

  1. Quantum dots as local thermometers to detect transient intra-cellular temperature of living single cells
  2. Synthesis, assembly and integration of 1D and 2D nanostructures for pressure and gas sensing applications
  3. 1D piezoelectric nanofibers as nanogenerators
  4. Self-aligned 1D nanostructures for energy storage applications
  5. Integrated nanoparticles in a 3D-printed wireless sensor

Bio: Professor Liwei Lin received PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. He was an Associate Professor in the Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1994~1996) and an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan (1996~1999). He joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and is now Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department and Co-Director at Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), an NSF/Industry/University research cooperative center. His research interests are in design, modeling and fabrication of micro/nano structures, sensors and actuators as well as mechanical issues in micro/nano systems including heat transfer, solid/fluid mechanics and dynamics. Dr. Lin is the recipient of the 1998 NSF CAREER Award for research in MEMS Packaging and the 1999 ASME Journal of Heat Transfer best paper award for his work on micro scale bubble formation.  He led the effort to establish the MEMS division in ASME and served as the founding Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2004~2005. He is an ASME Fellow and has 18 issued US patents in the area of MEMS. He was the general co-chair of the 24th international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems at Cancun, Mexico. Currently, he serves as a subject editor for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and the North and South America Editor of Sensors and Actuators –A Physical.