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ASSIST : Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies

ASSIST - Penn State a Partner on a $18.5M Grant for Nanosystems Engineering Research Center

Penn State will collaborate on a national nanotechnology research effort to create selfpowered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it.

The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), to be headquartered on NC State’s Centennial Campus, includes NC State, the University of Virginia, Florida International University, five other affiliated universities and about 30 industry partners in its global research consortium. ASSIST will be funded by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from the NSF. ASSIST researchers will use nanomaterials and nanostructures — a nanowire is thousands of times thinner than a human hair — to develop self-powered health monitoring sensors and devices that operate on small amounts of energy. ASSIST researchers will make devices from thermoelectric and piezoelectric materials that use body heat and motion, respectively, as power sources.

At Penn State, researchers will create new piezoelectric materials and devices; energy-efficient transistors; extremely low-power sensors; and help understand the correlations between environmental exposure and human health. The Penn State team includes faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Development, with Tom Jackson, Penn State professor of electrical engineering, serving as the center’s research director.

Participants from the College of Engineering are Tom Jackson (EE), Chris Rahn (ME), Suman Datta (EE), Doug Werner (EE), and Renata Engle (ESM). Participants from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences are Clive Randall (MatSE) and Susan Trolier-McKinstry (MatSE). Also participating are Annmarie Ward from the College of Education, Shedra Amy Snipes from the College of Health and Human Development and Suzanne Adair from the Graduate School.

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