Mines Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center awards seed funding to faculty

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 1, 2015 – The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Mines is providing $90,000 in seed funding each to five faculty projects that could lead to a winning proposal to the National Science Foundation’s MRSEC program in fall 2016.

The funded proposals are:

  • “Exotic Forms of Silicon for the Next Generation of Electronic and Photonic Materials,” Carolyn Koh and Mark Maupin, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Reuben Collins, Lakshmi Krishna, and Chip Durfee, Physics
  • “Harnessing the Order Parameter in Optoelectronic Semiconductors,” Eric Toberer, Jeff Squier, and Jeramy Zimmerman, Physics; Vladan Stevanovic, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; and Lakshmi Krishna, Physics
  • “The Material Genome Gets Hot: Integrating Theory and Experiment to Incorporate Finite Temperature Effects into Modern Materials by Design,” Vladan Stevanovic, Ryan O’Hayre, and Jianhua Tong, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • “Bringing new compositions of matter to life: Computationally guided synthetic approaches to unprecedented nanoscale metal carbide/nitride materials,” Ryan Richards, Svitlana Pylypenko, and Brian Trewyn, Chemistry and Geochemistry; Christian Ciobanu, Mechanical Engineering
  • “Novel Metal Organic Framework Membranes and Microporous Carbon Membranes Derived from MOF for Natural Gas Purification,” Moises A. Carreon, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Brian Trewyn and Alan Sellinger, Chemistry and Geochemistry

The projects were chosen based on the intellectual merits of the proposed research, their potential for creating new research directions for REMRSEC, and their broader impacts. Strong preference was given to proposals that deal with emerging and innovative areas in materials.

The NSF funds interdisciplinary materials research and education through Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers. REMRSEC, started in 2008, includes researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has two interdisciplinary research groups: Next Generation Photovoltaics and Advanced Membranes.



Mark Ramirez, Information Specialist, College of Applied Science & Engineering | 303-384-2622 | ramirez@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3541 | kgilbert@mines.edu

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