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Aksamija Attracts Media Coverage for Research into Efficient Technique for Harvesting Heat Energy

Zlatan Aksamija

Zlatan Aksamija

A team at UMass Amherst led by chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman and electrical engineer Zlatan Aksamija report in Nature Communications on an advance toward more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy. Aksamija explains that “Using polymers to convert thermal energy to electricity by harvesting waste heat has seen an uptick in interest in recent years. Waste heat represents both a problem but also a resource; the more heat your process wastes, the less efficient it is.” Harvesting waste heat is less difficult when there is a local, high-temperature gradient source to work with, he adds, such as a high-grade heat source like a power plant. See Design News and News Office release.