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A Tiny Tool with Great Potential

2016 Clean Energy Fellow  Ehsan Nasr Esfahani and 2014 Fellow Amadreza Eshghinejad have published a paper with Peiqi Wang, Shuhong Xie, Timothy C. Geary, and CEI Faculty Stuart Adler and Jiangyu Li in the Journal of Applied Physics.

The team describes a new nanoscale probe that detect ions and electronic defects using a heated cantilever that feels the material by causing tiny vibrations. This technique will allow researchers to study electrochemical systems and improve battery materials.

To learn more about the implications of this discovery and the team’s exciting research read the following media coverage:

Scanning thermo-ionic microscopy for probing local electrochemistry at the nanoscale (Journal of Applied Physics)

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.