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Balancing science with service

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294754994{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]CEI Graduate Fellow Shua Sanchez is exploring the frontiers of new materials while striving for justice in his community [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294034006{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]November 30, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294188755{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Shua Sanchez’s exposure to science and university research was limited. At a young age, he became aware of climate change and read widely about ways to combat it, but it took until his final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for him to decide on a career in the field.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638467858449{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Along the winding path of post-secondary education, Sanchez found his footing as a scholar and scientist. He...

Elevating battery standards for the skies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896569010{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Astrolabe Analytics wins U.S. Air Force SBIR grant to accelerate battery innovation for electric aviation[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896545655{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]November 3, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896583212{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Astrolabe Analytics has been awarded a Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) through the AFWERX Program to address open questions around safely operating and maintaining battery systems in electric aircraft. Astrolabe aims to provide partners in the electric aviation industry with standard operating procedures for online fuel gauging in-flight, offline health maintenance, and end-of-life decommissioning of electric aviation batteries. These data points will allow for more accurate estimates of flight...

Transforming the nation’s electrical grid to better support renewable energy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632856777608{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]September 24, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632856510391{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632855524622{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]It’s probably not news that electric power systems across the country can be vulnerable to extensive outages, as demonstrated by natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida and the 2021 Texas Ice Storm. But what may not be commonly known is that the electrical system the nation depends on, the North American power transmission grid, is still highly dependent on fossil fuels, not only to generate power, but also to restart the system itself when outages occur.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632855539016{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the creation of a new public-private consortium, which...

NSF to fund revolutionary center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656611024{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]September 9, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656627148{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Originally published by UW News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656633274{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The National Science Foundation on Sept. 9 announced it will fund a new endeavor to bring atomic-level precision to the devices and technologies that underpin much of modern life, and will transform fields like information technology in the decades to come. The five-year, $25 million Science and Technology Center grant will found the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand — or IMOD — a collaboration of scientists and engineers at 11 universities led by the University of Washington.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656639659{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]IMOD research will center on new semiconductor materials and scalable...

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:...

Jonathan Onorato & Mitchell Kaiser win Clean Energy Student Achievement awards

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Onorato receives Scientific Achievement Award for work with semiconducting polymers; Kaiser receives Outreach & Service Award for contributions to CEI K-12 education programs[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]July 6, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Dr. Jonathan Onorato and Mitchell Kaiser received the Clean Energy Institute’s Student Achievement Awards at CEI’s annual end-of-year seminar, held virtually on May 27, 2021.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Onorato, a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Christine Luscombe’s research group, won the Scientific Achievement Award which recognizes UW trainees who have demonstrated extraordinary productivity in clean energy research and scholarship, and have contributed meaningfully to the scientific community. Onorato’s research focuses on semiconducting polymers for flexible and stretchable organic photovoltaics (OPVs)...

Testbeds and strategic partners receive EPIC grant from U.S. Department of Energy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]June 24, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Northwest Cleantech Innovation Network (NWCIN), formed in partnership with VertueLab, CleanTech Alliance, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, and Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM), is one of 10 incubators and accelerators nationwide receiving grants totaling $9.5M as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Program Innovation Clusters (EPIC) initiative. As part of this initiative, the Testbeds will launch the new CleanTech Hardware Innovation Prototyping (CHIP) program that will increase access to advanced capabilities for scaled prototyping, testing, and demonstration at the facility. Read more about the grant and our partners here: https://vertuelab.org/blog/epic-grant-2021[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Dianne Xiao receives DOE Early Career Research Award

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]June 11, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Originally published by the University of Washington Department of Chemistry.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Assistant Professor Dianne Xiao has received an award from the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program, an effort “designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.” Prof. Xiao’s research program seeks to discover next generation materials that address unmet needs in clean energy, catalysis, and environmental remediation. Her group studies a wide range of material types, from metal–organic frameworks to supramolecular cages and their polymer hybrids. A common theme is the presence of well-defined internal...

Samson A. Jenekhe’s pioneering polymer work paved the way for commercial OLEDs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1614189512200{padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]His semiconducting polymers, found in displays and solar cells, emerged from decades of careful engineering[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1614189522440{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]February 22, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1614191310168{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]By Jermey N. A. Matthews | Originally published in Chemical & Engineering News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1614189503001{padding-top: 5px !important;}"]In polymer science, it pays to be persistent. University of Washington chemical engineer Samson A. Jenekhe has dedicated decades of research in the lab to understanding and optimizing the properties of semiconducting polymers. In recent years, this persistence has paid off, with some of his work leading to advances that enabled new consumer products—including the glowing screen you might be holding...

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...

Six CEI researchers among world’s most influential scholars

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1608139387235{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]UW professors Guozhong Cao, David Cobden, Alex K.Y. Jen, Jun Liu, Xiaodong Xu, and CEI Graduate Fellow Kyle Seyler make Web of Science Group’s 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1608139405402{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]December 16, 2020 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1608146657979{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;}"]Six UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) researchers are among the most influential in the world, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers list published by the Web of Science Group. UW professors Guozhong Cao, David Cobden, Jun Liu, and Xiaodong Xu; UW professor emeritus Alex K-Y. Jen;  and UW alum and CEI Graduate Fellow Dr. Kyle Seyler (Ph.D....

CEI welcomes first Policy Analyst in Residence Tony Usibelli

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1601672214531{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1602027121454{padding-top: 10px !important;}"]Former WA Commerce energy director mentors UW STEM doctoral students in CEI’s new science policy analysis program [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]October 7, 2020[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1602091576871{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) has welcomed Tony Usibelli as its first Policy Analyst in Residence (PAIR). Usibelli has over 30 years of experience in Washington state science and energy policy, including 18 years as the Washington State Department of Commerce energy director. As a CEI PAIR, Usibelli mentors UW science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) doctoral students participating in CEI’s new science policy analysis program.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1602089161863{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"]Thanks to generous...