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Sean Garner

Sean manages the Energy Systems group in the Hardware Systems Laboratory, which seeks to impact the way energy is produced, managed, and utilized through a diverse set of projects. These include: intermediate-temperature fuel cells; advanced metallization for silicon solar cells; novel cooling technologies for next-generation refrigeration; home energy analytics; and harsh-environment sensors to improve the efficiency of fossil fuel utilization. Work in Sean's group is funded by DOE, ARPA-E, NETL, and DARPA, in addition to commercial partners.

Sean is also PARC's Energy Technologies Program manager, overseeing PARC's portfolio of energy projects in the areas of high-performance batteries, advanced control of energy systems and others. 

Trained as an experimental physicist, Sean has experience in a broad array of areas including optics, electronics, micromechanical systems, microfabrication, vacuum, and cryogenics.

Dr. Sean Garner received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University, and B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He was also postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.


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Acoustic power recovery system for thermoacoustic cooling

To be presented at TechConnect World 2012

18 June 2012

Formation of very low resistance contact for silicon photovoltaic cells

38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

3 June 2012


Flexible printed sensor tape based on solution processed materials

23rd Annual Meeting of the IEEE Photonics Society

7 November 2010

Pressure sensors for printed blast dosimeters

IEEE Sensors 2010 Conference

1 November 2010

Pressure sensors for printed blast dosimeters

IEEE Sensors 2010

1 November 2010

Flexible and printed electronics for sensors, displays and photovoltaics

International Workshop on Flexible and Printed Electronics

8 September 2010


Flexible printed sensor tape for diagnostics of mild traumatic brain injury

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Asia

30 September 2009





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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit and Technology Showcase 2014
25 February 2014 - 26 February 2014
Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center | National Harbor,, MD

2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit -- visit PARC's booth
25 February 2013 - 27 February 2013 | National Harbor, MD