E-Textiles Network Webinar – Design and Manufacturing Thermoelectric Textiles for Power Generation and Solid-state Cooling

Presented by Dr Kun Zhang, Donghua University China

Thermoelectric textiles (TETs) show great promise to not only generate electricity in a ubiquitous, unintermittent and noiseless way for IoT electronics but also offer personal thermoregulation for on-body applications. However, they still suffer relatively low power generation, no cooling effect and thermal comfortability for realistic applications. There has been a lack of efficient strategies in scalable manufacture of TETs. This webinar will focus on developing methodologies to design and manufacture both organic and inorganic based TETs with enhanced performance in terms of device configuration rather than complex material engineering.

This webinar took place on Monday 13th December 2021 09.30 am (GMT).

Dr. Kun Zhang, Full Professor in the Department of Textiles Engineering, Donghua University China. He received my B.S./M.S. degree in textile majors in China, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University in 2014. In 2015, he worked as a Postdoctorate Research Associate in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He has been appointed as the Department Head of Textile Engineering in December 2017.

His research interests include fundamental research as well as related industrialization technologies on soft energy conversion (thermoelectric) and storage (electrochemical) materials, fibertronics and intelligent textiles. To date, he has published three book chapters and 47 peer-reviewed journal papers, including 8 papers with 1st-authoship and 22 papers with corresponding authorship, with Google citation of 1901 and H-index of 22.