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ERE Winter Seminar Series-Debbie G. Senesky

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 16:15
Location: 
Mitchell Building, Room B67 397 Panama Mall Stanford
Event Sponsor: 
Energy Resources Engineering

Speaker: 
Debbie G. Senesky
Department of Aero & Astro,
Stanford University

Title: “Harsh Environment Sensing for Smart Energy Systems”

Harsh environment sensors can be used to perform real-time, in-situ combustion monitoring leading to designs of power and propulsion systems (e.g. automotive engines, industrial gas turbines, jet engines) with increased efficiencies, fuel flexibility and reduced CO2emissions.  In addition, advancements in energy exploration (oil, gas and geothermal) can be realized through the development of high-temperature, chemically inert materials, instrumentation and sensor networks.  In this talk, compelling results of silicon carbide (SiC), gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum nitride (AlN) sensor operation at temperatures as high as 600°C is reviewed.