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Prof. Giovanni Pennelli - Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione - Università di Pisa - "Thermoelectric nanodevices for microscavenging and macroharvesting", June 2020

16 hours (4 credits)

Aula Riunioni del Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Via G. Caruso 16, Pisa – Ground Floor

Short Abstract:
This course deals with the electrical and thermal transport at the nanoscale. The principles of nanofabrication and of the main nanotechnological processes are also covered by this course[1,2]. Techniques for the characterization of the transport at the nanoscale level, both electrical and thermal, will be illustrated and discussed.
The potentialities for nanodevices for thermoelectric conversion will be enlightened.
Finally, the main applications in the fields of energy scavengin and green energy harvesting of thermoelectric generators, based on nanostructured silicon, will be illustrated. Particular focusing will be given to the powering of sensor nodes for IoT and for Industy 4.0 applications.

Course Contents in brief:

  • Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication
  • Electrical and thermal transport: theory
  • Thermoelectric characterization
  • nanostructured thermoelectric generators for energy scavenging/energy harvesting.


  • Day1 – 9:00, 13:00. Electrical and thermal transport in nanodevices: principles of thermoelectric conversion.
  • Day2 – 9:00, 13:00. Main techniques for the fabrication of nanodevices based on silicon nanowires and nanostructures.
  • Day3 – 9:00, 13:00. Techniques for the thermal and electrical characterization at the nanoscale.
  • Day4 – 9:00, 13:00. Energy scavenging and gree energy harvesting applications of nanostructured thermoelectric generator, with emphasis to the powering of Iot and of systems for Industry 4.0.