SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council


October 17th 2017: Triboelectric Nanogenerator for NASA Mars Mission, Space Manufacturing & Next Generation Mechanical Energy Harvesting

TALK: Triboelectric Nanogenerator for NASA Mars Mission, Space Manufacturing & Next Generation Mechanical Energy Harvesting


Myeong-Lok Seol

Research Scientist, NASA

Tuesday, October 17, 2017  11:30 AM – 1:00  PM

Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA  map

Cost $6, discount for IEEE Members, Students & Unemployed. Please register here.


Demand for mobile power sources is increasing with the growth of wireless sensor network, mobile healthcare devices, and internet-of-things (IoT). Currently, most applications use a battery as the sole power source, but all the batteries have a limited lifetime and require costly replacement and recharging, limiting the application area. Energy harvesting is a process that converts various types of ambient energy sources into electrical energy. By implementing energy harvesters, small-electronic systems can extend lifetime, reduce maintenance cost, and become more sustainable. Triboelectric nanogenerator is a mechanical energy harvester based on triboelectricity created at the contact interface between two different materials. Triboelectric nanogenerators are light in weight, generate high output power, require low material and manufacturing costs, and have a strong development potential.

In this talk, the background and fundamental principles of the triboelectric nanogenerator will be introduced. In addition, recent research progress of triboelectric nanogenerators for interplanetary missions in NASA will be presented.


Myeong-Lok Seol is a Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. His research interests include energy harvesting, nanotechnology-enabled electronics and sensors, functional nanostructures and nanomaterials. Currently, he is developing a triboelectric nanogenerator for interplanetary missions and all-printed energy harvester for autonomous manufacturing in space. He received his B.S. degree in 2010 and his Ph.D. degree in 2016 from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea. He has published 55 international journals, 7 international conferences, and 8 patents.

  • 11:30 am – Registration & light lunch (pizza & drinks)
  • Noon – Presentation & Questions/Answers
  • 1:00 pm – Adjournment
COST: $6, discount for IEEE Members, Students & Unemployed.


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