ECE 595G - Materials and Devices for Solid-State Energy ConversionLecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3
Experimental Course Offered: Spring 2005
Principles of solid-state conversion of energy between electrical and light (photovoltaics, thermophotovoltaics and solid-statelighting based on light-emitting diodes), thermal and electrical (thermoelectric and solid-state thermionic, magnetic and acoustic (magnetostrictive) and electrical and acoustic (piezoelectric and electrostrictive); irreversible thermodynamis and efficiency limits, materials figures-of-merit, fundamentals of semiconductor device physics, device design issues; challenges in materials engineering (role of defects, dopants, contacts, bandgap engineering, and methods of materials synthesis); potential advantages of nanocomposites; prospects for technology replacement; societal impact assessment.
This course aims to provide the student with the theoretical background necessary to evaluate solid-state energy conversion technologies, to design simple devices, and to determine the materials properties necessary to achieve optimal device performance.
Required Text(s): None.
- Direct Energy Conversion, Fourth Edition, Stanley W. Angrist, Allyn and Bacon, 1982, ISBN No. 0205077587.
Learning Outcomes:A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
- A basic understanding of the thermodynamic limits of efficiency for energy conversion devices. [a]
- A basic understanding of electronic and thermal transport in semiconductors. [a]
- A basic understanding of the properties of materials used in energy conversion devices. [a]
- The ability to provide an elementary explanation of photovoltaic device operation. [a]
- The ability to provide an elementary explanation of light-emitting diode operation. [a]
- The ability to provide an elementary explanation of thermoelectric generator operation. [a]
- The ability to provide an elementary explanation of piezoelectric transducer operation. [a]
- The ability to analyze and critique proposed energy conversion mechanisms and devices. [a,c,e,g,h]
- The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team in the preparation and oral presentation of a position paper. [a,d,e,f,g,h]
|1||Introduction to solid-state energy conversion devices; history, present thrusts, and future promise|
|1||Unified model for energy conversion devices|
|2||Review of semiconductor device physics|
|2||Photovoltaics and thermophotovoltaics|
|2||Light-emitting diodes for general illumination|
|3||Thermoelectric generators and cooling devices|
|2||Piezoelectric and electrostrictive transducers|
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