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Dr Valeria Nico - R&D Engineer
PhD, MSc, BSc

Valeria Nico received a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2011 from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she worked on linear piezoelectric membranes for energy harvesting. In 2013 she was awarded the master’s degree from University of Perugia, Italy, with a thesis on nonlinear piezoelectric membranes for energy harvesting. She was awarded her PhD in Energy Harvesting in 2018 from the University of Limerick where she developed a multi-degree-of-freedom electromagnetic vibrational energy harvester. During her PhD she did a six-month internship at Bell Labs Ireland and she received the best paper award at the 4th SMARTGREENS Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2015.
Valeria is currently working as a R&D Engineer in Stokes Power and her research activities include the optimisation of a nonlinear electromagnetic vibrational energy harvester suitable for Internet of Things applications.


 RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Nico, V., Frizzell, R., & Punch, J. (2017). Nonlinear analysis of a two-degree-of-freedom vibration energy harvester using high order spectral analysis techniques. Smart Materials and Structures, 26(4), 045029.
  • Nico, V., Frizzell, R., & Punch, J. (2017). Nonlinear Analysis of a Two-Degree-of-Freedom Energy Harvester. In Materials Design and Applications (pp. 187-195). Springer, Cham.
  • Nico, V., Boco, E., Frizzell, R., & Punch, J. (2016). A high figure of merit vibrational energy harvester for low frequency applications. Applied Physics Letters, 108(1), 013902.
  • Frizzell, R., Kelly, G., Cottone, F., Boco, E., Nico, V., O’Donoghue, D., & Punch, J. (2016). Experimental characterisation of dual-mass vibration energy harvesters employing velocity amplification. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 27(20), 2810-2826.
  • Nico, V., Boco, E., Frizzell, R., & Punch, J. (2015, September). A c-battery scale energy harvester: part a—system dynamics. In ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (pp. V002T07A008-V002T07A008). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Boco, E., Nico, V., Frizzell, R., & Punch, J. (2015, September). A C-Battery Scale Energy Harvester: Part B—Transducer Optimization and Modeling. In ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (pp. V002T07A009-V002T07A009). American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Boco, E., Nico, V., O’Donoghue, D., Frizzell, R., Kelly, G., & Punch, J. (2015). A 2DOFvibrational Energy Harvester Exploiting Velocity Amplification: Modeling and Testing. In Smart Cities, Green Technologies, and Intelligent Transport Systems (pp. 165-183). Springer, Cham.
  • Boco, E., Nico, V., O’Donoghue, D., Frizzell, R., Kelly, G., & Punch, J. (2015, May). Optimization of coil parameters for a nonlinear two degree-of-freedom (2dof) velocity-amplified electromagnetic vibrational energy harvester. In Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS), 2015 International Conference on (pp. 1-10). IEEE.
  • O’Donoghue, D., Nico, V., Frizzell, R., Kelly, G., & Punch, J. (2014, September). A multiple-degree-of-freedom velocity-amplified vibrational energy harvester: Part a—experimental analysis. In ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (pp. V002T07A010-V002T07A010). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Nico, V., O’Donoghue, D., Frizzell, R., Kelly, G., & Punch, J. (2014, September). A multiple degree-of-freedom velocity-amplified vibrational energy harvester: Part b—modelling. In ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (pp. V002T07A011-V002T07A011). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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