Wireless sensors can be operated in a variety of environments to provide
distributed sensing compared with wired sensors. Unlike passive wireless
sensors, active wireless sensors provide higher signal strength and longer
communication range. However, an active wireless sensor requires its own
power source to perform sensing activities. Therefore, this proposed work will be
focused on the development of an energy harvesting material system capable of
working in harsh environment to harvest both vibrational and thermal energy.
Using a combined modeling-fabrication- testing approach, we will understand the
fundamental aspects of how to design a ceramic-graphene structure for
optimized thermal and vibration energy harvesting.