Professor Saniya LeBlanc’s research lies at the intersection of materials science, energy conversion, and thermal transport. Her group enables nanomaterials integration by bridging the divide between rapid, inexpensive manufacturing of nanostructures and device integration of nanoengineered components. Her experimental research includes development of scalable nanomanufacturing processes such as spray coating and printing of functional nanomaterials. Projects involve energy harvesting devices that utilize the unique combination of properties offered by nanostructured materials; recent examples include thermoelectric power generators for waste-heat recovery. Combining energy system, cost, and policy analyses, she creates feasibility assessments for the scaling of nanotechnologies for energy applications.
Critical goals of Professor LeBlanc’s research include the development and demonstration of improved energy conversion technologies involving advanced materials and nanomanufacuturing processes. Current research includes development of spray coating and printing processes for solution-synthesized nanostructures, thermal and electrical characterization of nanomaterials, and cost-performance analyses of energy technologies such as thermoelectric power generators for waste-heat recovery.