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The technology to reach net-zero carbon emissions isn’t ready for prime time, but…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999372609{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]It’s already under development in research labs.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999391926{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]August 25, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999462620{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]By Daniel T. Schwartz | Originally published in Scientific American[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999477119{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]U.S. climate envoy John Kerry recently stated that in order to reach net zero emission goals by 2045, we’ll “need technologies we don’t yet have.” Well, he’s half right. It’s true that battling climate change requires innovative, technologically driven ideas that can be tested, replicated and scaled, at warp speed. But inventing wholly new technology isn’t necessarily the answer, nor is the idea we can deploy today's technology all the way to 100 percent clean energy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999489451{padding-bottom:...

Bridging the gap to clean energy research

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1612460527857{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]Vanessa Zambrano kickstarted her clean energy career through CEI’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1612460549979{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]February 4, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1612460561249{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]Vanessa Zambrano knew that she wanted to become a scientist when she enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. But it wasn’t until a Spanish class discussion about energy crises in Latin America that she started to think about a career as a clean energy scientist, developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world. At Delta, Zambrano didn’t have any direct connections to research opportunities — let alone with...

Designing cutting-edge materials from home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1598373898336{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]UW professors Ting Cao and Xiaosong Li bring computational science to the virtual classroom during COVID-19[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1598377715538{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]August 25, 2020[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1598373907152{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]When Governor Jay Inslee issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to combat the spread of COVID-19 on March 23rd, University of Washington scientists and engineers faced a new challenge: how could they continue to experiment, innovate, and learn while most labs were closed?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1598373915648{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]For materials science & engineering (MSE) professor Ting Cao and chemistry professor Xiaosong Li, both Clean Energy Institute (CEI) member faculty, the shift to...

PNNL-UW materials science pioneer James De Yoreo receives U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]July 30, 2020[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has named materials science pioneer James (Jim) De Yoreo a 2020 “Distinguished Scientist Fellow.” De Yoreo is co-director of the joint UW-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT), and deputy director of the UW-led Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS). De Yoreo is an affiliate professor in both chemistry and materials science & engineering at UW, and is recognized as a UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]The DOE recognized De Yoreo for his “transformational discoveries that have reshaped our understanding of...

Five CEI faculty among world’s most influential researchers

Professors Guozhong Cao, Jiun-Haw Chu, professor emeritus Alex K-Y. Jen, Jun Liu, and Xiaodong Xu are among the most influential in the world, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers list published by the Web of Science Group. The list identifies researchers that produced multiple publications in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication over the past decade — this year’s edition covers the time period from 2008 through 2018. ...

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X-ray spectroscopy for all

easyXAFS, a startup founded by UW physics alum Dr. Devon Mortensen received $160,000 from the National Science Foundation under a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant to develop a low-cost, tabletop x-ray spectrometer in collaboration with UW physics professor Jerry Seidler — the first such device targeted at undergraduate labs and industrial energy storage scientists. ...