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S13: Body Energy Harvesting for Intelligent Systems

 

EMA 2013

 

As computers become increasingly smaller and more powerful, futurists predict that intelligent, miniature robotic implants will be able to provide humans with synthetic organs, blood cell replacements, and even brain function enhancements. One major problem to overcome before this
becomes reality is how to power such devices. Right now, all biomedical organ assisting devices run on external batteries and energy sources. Their miniaturized, implanted successors will need to be able to function using the body’s own energy sources, e.g. ATP, mechanical, pH gradients or cell potentials and many more. This concept is described as body energy harvesting for intelligent systems. This session plans to bring together industry leaders and researchers in the field studying the fundamentals of body energy harvesting via a wide range of processes. It will also address the current state of the art like piezomaterials and many other implanted or implantable devices for energy harvesting as well as scavengers for wearable electronics or sensors.

 

Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Biomechanical and Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting
  • Catalytic or Membrane Harvesting
  • Other sources of energy harvesting (chemical gradients of implants, electromagnetic fields and more)

 

Symposium Organizers

  • Wolfgang Sigmund, University of Florida, USA; Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
  • Seungbum Hong, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

 

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