Seminar: Nanocomposite based Sensing and Monitoring

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 18 Aug 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location
MED 115 18, EPFL


Abstract: With the advent of information and communication technologies (ICT), the cost effective, robust and accurate sensors are becoming important elements of internet of things (IoT). Polymeric composite sensors that utilize carbon nanoparticulates, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphenes can provide unique advantages. The sensing mechanism is attributed to the effect of inter-CNT conductivity through the physically absorbed hydrocarbon molecules between the CNTs or graphenes. Dr. Simon Park and his team have been investigating nanocomposite-based sensor networks. In addition, he will discuss fabrication of copper nanocomposite electrodes using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sintering. In this presentation, he will provide some of examples of nanocomposite based sensors such as strain and force sensors, hydrocarbon leak detection sensors, humidity sensors, etc. It is envisaged as the technology of choice for various monitoring applications.

Speaker Bio: Currently, Dr. Park is a professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary. He is an AITF iCORE Chair in sensing and monitoring. He is a professional engineer in Alberta, and is an associate member of CIRP (Int. Academy of Production Engineers) from Canada. Dr. Park received bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada. He then continued his PhD at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has worked in several companies including IBM manufacturing where he was a procurement engineer for printed circuit boards and Mass Prototyping Inc. dealing with rapid prototyping systems.
In 2004, Dr. Park has formed the Micro Engineering, Dynamics, and Automation Laboratory (MEDAL, www.ucalgary.ca/medal) to investigate the synergistic integration of both subtractive and additive processes that uniquely provide productivity, flexibility and accuracy to the processing of complex components. His research interests include micro & nano machining, nano engineering, nanocomposites, sensors, and alternative energy applications. He has also founded two start-up companies in sensing and oil extractions.

He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Processes, SME (Elsevier) and International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology (Springer). He has served as the president of International Institute of Micromanufacturing (I2M2) from 2014-2015. Currently, he is directly supervising over 20 students and scholars.