By Giorgina Paiella
Richard Pérez Moyet, MSE Ph.D. student, has been selected to participate in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) for the second consecutive year. Richard is the recipient of The American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship Award as an intern for the 2014 Office of Naval Research NREIP program.
NREIP provides competitive summer research internships to undergraduate and graduate students who are given the opportunity to participate in research at approximately 29 Department of Navy laboratories.
Richard will conduct his research this summer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. He seeks to develop a new class of energy harvesting devices utilizing inter-ferroelectric phase-change materials and is expanding upon his 2013 NREIP research carried out at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Middletown, RI. At the NUWC, Richard investigated the induced inter-ferroelectric phase transition in recent technological engineering domain relaxor ferroelectric single crystal materials for high frequency energy harvesting applications, designed and constructed an energy harvesting device for inter-ferroelectric phase change energy conversion under applied reversible mechanical stress, and determined the efficiency of a new energy harvesting method from the in-situ determination of voltage and strain during the mechanical reversible cycling process across resonance and inter-ferroelectric phase change piezoelectric behavior.
Richard received his B.E. degree in 2004 and M.E. degree in 2008, both from the University of Puerto Rico. He completed post-graduate research in the characterization of ferromagnetic materials in the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering at the University of Connecticut under the advisement of Professor George Rossetti. His current research investigates inter-ferroelectric phase transition in recent technological engineering domain Relaxor-PbTiO3 ferroelectric single crystal materials for high frequency energy harvesting applications and their thermal and transport properties.
The department wishes Richard the best of luck with his summer research!