Electroactive materials for energy harvesting, sensors and actuators

Electroactive materials react to deformation by producing electric fields, and conversely they can be made to change shape by applying an electric field. They are central to sensing and actuation technologies, and can potentially providing new ways to extract energy from ambient mechanical sources such as ocean waves. Electroactive materials comprise a large class of systems that range from liquid crystals to ferroelectrics to classes of polymers. The honors thesis will involve computational modeling of the behavior of new classes of electroactive materials. A strong background in mathematics and coding is essential.

Kaushik Dayal - Civil & Environmental Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering