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Application Of Nanotechnology For Energy Conversion And Storage

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Teaching Emerging Energy Technologies

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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12.246.1 - 12.246.8



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Arunachala Nadar Mada Kannan

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Dr. Kannan’s areas of expertise and research interests include low temperature synthesis of meta stable nanoscale electrocatalysts, electrode active materials and structure-property relationships through physicochemical characterization. The focus is mainly on hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary as well as automotive applications.

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Lakshmi Munukutla Arizona State University

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Lakshmi Munukutla received her Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio and M.Sc and B.Sc degrees from Andhra University, India. She has been active in research and published several journal articles. She is the Chair of the Electronic Systems Department at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus.

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Application of Nano-technology for Energy Conversion and Storage A.M. Kannan and L.V. Munukutla Electronic Systems Department Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus


Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus has recently received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the program called, Advanced Technology Education. One of the project goals is to develop curriculum in the field of alternative energy technologies both for four-year and two-year degree seeking students who are pursuing BS and AAS degrees respectively. The department of Electronic Systems at ASU’s Polytechnic campus is in the process of launching a new degree concentration beginning fall 2007 within the existing TAC of ABET accredited BS degree program. This paper focuses on a new undergraduate course “Application of Nanotechnology for Batteries, Solar, and Fuel Cells”, one of the targeted courses that will be developed to highlight the potential of nano-materials in the energy area.

The Electronic Systems Department (ESD) recently received approval from the ASU administration to implement a new concentration, Alternative Energy Technologies both at BS and MS degree levels. The BS degree requires a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in the concentration area. The course, Application of Nano-technology for Energy Conversion and Storage is one of the required courses for this concentration. The curriculum structure that is adopted in the ESD for course delivery is lecture/lab format to address the different learning styles of our students has received positive feedback from the students with regard to this particular course material delivery. The students in this class will be involved in synthesizing carbon nano-tubes and evaluating them in actual devices in the laboratory. This course emphasizes relevance of nanomaterial for energy conversion and storage applications. The BS degree program is a TAC of ABET accredited program and the course outcomes align with ABET outcomes

Course Objectives

This main objective of this course is to give a theoretical and practical overview of nanotechnology with applications in energy conversion and storage. The specific objectives of this course are to familiarize with nanomaterials, manufacturing processes, characterization and also reliability characteristics. In addition, the course will also provide an opportunity for “co-operative learning” and technical report writing. Upon completion of the course on Application of Nanotechnology for Batteries, Solar and Fuel cells, students will understand the fundamental laws governing energy conversion and storage efficiency, the importance of favorable nanomaterials in the energy conversion, and storage application and reliability of materials.

Mada Kannan, A. N., & Munukutla, L. (2007, June), Application Of Nanotechnology For Energy Conversion And Storage Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2614

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