MSE Seminar Series: Doreen Edwards

Friday, February 28, 2014
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Room 2110 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
JoAnne Kagle
301 405 5240

UMD ADVANCE Seminar Series: Ceramic Thermoelectrics for High‐Temperature Energy Recovery
Doreen Edwards
Professor and Dean
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Inamori School of Engineering
Alfred University

Waste heat is a by‐product of inefficient energy production and consumption. Thermoelectric generators offer the potential to recapture this lost heat and convert it to useable electric energy. Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) have been used in niche low‐power, low‐temperature applications for decades, but many conventional thermoelectric materials are intermetallics that cannot be operated at high temperature in oxidizing conditions. Ceramic materials may offer a significant advantage over conventional thermoelectric materials for industrial and automotive waste heat recovery, but their thermoelectric performance lags behind conventional thermoelectric materials. This seminar will present an overview of this growing field of research with an emphasis on design and characterization of oxide and boride materials.

About the Speaker
Doreen Edwards is a material scientist and the Dean of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. She joined the Alfred University faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor of materials science and engineering; and earned promotion to associate professor in 2003, and to full professor in 2007. Edwards has received accolades for her teaching, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from Alfred University in 2002; the John F. McMahon Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004; and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, also in 2004. As a researcher, Edwards’ interests include materials for electrical, optical and energy‐conversion applications, such as solid‐oxide fuel cells, batteries, sensors, thermoelectric devices, concentrated solar power, and solid‐state lighting. She received a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2001 and currently has an NSF‐funded project in collaboration with researchers at the National University of Singapore and Ural State University in Russia. Edwards has also obtained research funding through the New York State Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology, the Center for Environmental and Energy Research at Alfred University, the federal Department of Energy and several industrial partners.

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