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Center Overview

The Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) aims to develop interdisciplinary strengths in science and technology issues related to the sustainable development of energy solutions. Power sources are an important problem faced by the sensor networks, wireless communications, and microelectronics industries. CEHMS's research provides integrated solutions for obstacles in energy efficiency, storage, and distribution.

CEHMS' mission is to provide integrated solutions to microelectronics, mobile, and wireless technology problems through modeling, analysis, fabrication, and demonstration of intelligent systems.

CEHMS' vision is to lead global research and development in the area of energy harvesting by providing comprehensive expertise in materials, components, system design, analysis, characterization, and prototyping.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Columbia University
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Center Personnel

Huiming Yin
Center Staff
+1 212 854 6851

Christopher Rahn
Center Staff
+1 814 865 1372

Lei Zuo
Center Staff
+1 540 231 5281

Research Focus

At CEHMS, research advances are being made in the fields of materials, structural dynamics, electronics, and storage media to develop self-powered systems and open a pathway for distributed power sources and grid integration. Focus areas are:

  • Energy harvesting for sensors and wireless communication.
  • Energy harvesting in transportation.
  • Ocean energy harvesting.
  • Solar and thermal energy harvesting.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • Aesthetic Green Power Corp.
  • DTP Thermoelectrics
  • e-Wave
  • Flibe Energy
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Laird Thermal Systems
  • Microvast
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Schuco USA
  • Shenzhen Qiangyan
  • Siemens
  • Solar Mobility Co
  • Sustainable Product Development Lab LLC
  • Toshiba America Research Inc.
  • US Army