MEMS SEMINAR: Shu Yang, "Design and Manufacturing of Geometric Materials for Efficient Decarbonization”

Wed, 09/11/2024 - 12:00 to 13:15

Wilkinson Building, room 021 auditorium

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Shu Yang

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Fall 2024 Seminar Series, welcomes Shu Yang, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, at the University of Pennsylvania. ABSTRACT: Our living environment plays a critical role in the quality of our life and well-being. To combat greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change, it requires new solutions that are low cost, energy efficient and highly scalable. I will discuss the design and manufacturing of scalable, geometric materials for efficient decarbonization. I will showcase our recent work on robotic 3D printing of lightweight and high strength, carbon absorbing and storage concrete and our effort towards formation of biocement using living materials. I will also present moisture wicking, desiccant-coated kirigami fins for energy efficient heat exchange. BIO: SHU YANG is a Joseph Bordogna Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Her group is interested in synthesis, fabrication, and assembly of soft and hybrid materials; dynamic tuning of their sizes, shapes and assembled structures, and use of geometry to create highly flexible, super-conformable, shape changing and energy efficient materials. Yang received her B.S. degree from Fudan University, and Ph. D. degree from Cornell University. She worked at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Member of Technical Staff before joining Penn. She was recognized by ACS Langmuir lectureship, Inventor of the Year at Penn, George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research from Penn Engineering. She is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), and National Academy of Inventors.


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