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Scott Case, former chief operating officer of EnergySavvy, an energy efficiency software company that was acquired earlier this year, is the new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the Testbeds.
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.
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.
CEI Education & Training Fellow Erin Jedlicka has led visits to more than 50 schools, libraries, and science fairs around Washington state this year. A U.S. Navy veteran, she is now a member of David Ginger’s lab group, where she is researching materials for next-generation solar panels.
Schlenker will research photochemistry for solar energy and other sustainability applications under this five-year, $685,000 award. The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards for early-career faculty.
UW and CEI named Kevin Klustner executive director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy Technologies (CAMCET). When complete, CAMCET will be a 340,000 square-foot building that will bring together UW scientists and engineers with industry, civic and nonprofit partners to accelerate clean energy solutions for a healthy planet.
Lilo Pozzo, the Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW, was recognized by the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E) for outstanding leadership in education. Pozzo was one of eight honorees at C3E’s annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium.
Membrion, a molecular materials startup founded by UW chemical engineering alumnus Greg Newbloom, won $150,000 in DOE SBIR Phase I funding to develop nanoporous ceramic membranes for non-aqueous redox flow batteries at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.
Dr. Sanfeng Wu talks to CEI about his research in UW professor Xiaodong Xu’s lab, his recent postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, and the future of his work at Princeton.
Dr. Daniel Kroupa, WRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, has been named to the Forbes “30 Under 30: Energy” list for 2019. His research on perovskite thin films could create an efficiency breakthrough for solar photovoltaics when integrated with silicon panels.
The CleanTech Alliance and the Northwest Environmental Business Council have presented Michael Pomfret, managing director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, with their 2018 Energy Leadership Achievement Award.
The U.S. Department of Energy has pledged $2.84M to a research team led by UW electrical & computer engineering professor Brian B. Johnson to lower the cost of power electronics in solar photovoltaic systems.
JCDREAM has awarded $631K to Professor J. Devin MacKenzie and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to purchase and install an ultra-high-resolution electronics printer developed in Japan. MacKenzie’s group will use the printer to develop sustainable transparent conductive electrodes for flexible thin-film solar cells, displays and touch screens.
Vesicus, founded by a UW mechanical engineering alum and a UW mechanical engineering professor, will use Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funds to develop nanostructured thin films for lithium-ion batteries.
Chemistry postdocs Max Friedfeld, Daniel Kroupa and Jian Wang have been awarded Mistletoe Research Fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. They will each receive a $10,000 Unfettered Research Grant that can be applied to almost any university-approved research-related activity.
Schwartz received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation for his commitment to interdisciplinary graduate education and his dedication to recruiting and supporting Native American STEM scholars at the UW.
MicroConnex, Inc. is partnering with UW professor J. Devin MacKenzie to develop a new manufacturing process for printed flexible electronics using the roll-to-roll printing capabilities of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.
Chemical engineering professor Lilo Pozzo and a group of CEI researchers and public health scientists traveled to Jayuya, Puerto Rico this spring as part of a long-term field study on the impact of power loss on public health.
Magnetic materials are the backbone of modern digital information technologies, such as hard-disk storage. A UW-led team has now taken this one step further by encoding information using magnets that are just a few layers of atoms in thickness.
Gabriella Tosado is a CEI Education Fellow and chemical engineering Ph.D. student. Read about her clean energy research and passion for inspiring underrepresented students – particularly young women and students of color – to pursue STEM disciplines and careers.
Sarah Holliday, Griffin Ruehl, and Breena Sperry are building connections with Africa’s materials science and solar communities.
UW physics professor Jiun-Haw Chu takes a holistic approach to the development and characterization of materials with new or unusual electronic and magnetic properties.
Research updates from the labs of Profs. Daniel Kirschen, Karl Böhringer, Charles T. Campbell, and Xiaodong Xu. Topics include energy storage planning and markets, self-cleaning solar panels, modeling chemical potential in nanoparticles, and the optoelectronic properties of 2-dimensional magnets.
Dr. Mengyu Yan, Dr. Shanyu Wang, and Professor Jihui Yang have published breakthrough research on the mechanics of a zinc-ion, aqueous-electrolyte battery. Zinc-based models have the potential to be ideal for grid-scale energy storage, due to their high-performance, low-cost, safe, and environmentally-friendly characteristics.
University of Washington electrical engineering professors Daniel Kirschen and Baosen Zhang hosted faculty from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) for a symposium on smart energy systems on December 8, 2017.
December 11, 2017: The New York Times features chemical engineering professor Lilo Pozzo, chemical engineering Ph.D. student Matt Murbach, and CEI director Dan Schwartz in an article published this week about clean energy innovation in Washington and California.
Nov. 21, 2017: Chemical engineering Ph.D. student, Battery Informatics, Inc. (Bii) co-founder, and CEI Graduate Fellow Matt Murbach made Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Energy” list! Each year, the magazine selects the top 30 people in the world under age 30 working on energy solutions. Matt’s…
Nov. 16, 2017: The CleanTech Alliance, a Seattle-based consortium of more than 300 businesses and interest groups across six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, honored UW with its CleanTech Achievement Award at the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration earlier this month. The…
Sept 14, 2017: CEI selected 16 Ph.D. students from departments across UW for its Graduate Fellowship Program. In addition, 17 graduate students were selected for cohort two of DIRECT, a data science training program (check out this KNKX story about DIRECT). We’re…
CEI is pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity for UW undergraduate and graduate students: the Mark Torrance Foundation Tech Due Diligence Program.Thanks to a generous gift from the Mark Torrance Foundation, we are able to offer a number of students the opportunity to serve on a real investment diligence team evaluating new technologies for Element 8, a cleantech angel investment group.
August 18, 2017 Global corporations, U.S. solar companies, and Washington startups have signed up to test their cleantech at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, created by the University of Washington (UW) Clean Energy Institute (CEI), during the facility’s first six…
David Ginger, CEI’s chief scientist, along with members of his research group, and students from professor Christine Luscombe’s lab, published a paper in Nature Materials this month that uncovers the design principles for making a conductive plastic polymer that can transport both ions and electrons more effectively.
Building on Washington’s strengths in grid modernization can maximize job growth and give the state a competitive economic edge. That’s according to The Washington Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Grid Modernization, a new report by the American…
May 1, 2017 By Jake Precht: Chemistry Ph.D. student Sarah Vorpahl will bring her passion for clean energy and policy to Washington, D.C. this September as a 2017-2018 Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Optical Society (OSA) Congressional Science and…
The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) has unveiled the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, a state-of-the-art user facility for manufacturing prototypes, testing devices, and integrating systems for market-adopted clean energy technologies. The celebration took place on February 16, 2017, alongside Washington Governor Jay Inslee, cleantech leaders, and clean energy researchers.
Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. CEI is thrilled about this commitment from patient investors and ready to lead the charge of impatient researchers. The…
Director of WA State Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at DOE Patricia Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at DOE Michael Pesin sign…
On September 7-9, 78 researchers and innovators gathered at beautiful Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island for the 3rd biennial ORCAS Conference. The conference focused on three themes: 1) materials synthesis and characterization for energy harvesting and storage, 2)…
CEI has selected six research projects for its 2016-2017 Student Training & Exploration Grants. The institute made roughly $200,000 in awards this year. These grants support student education at the University of Washington by providing scholars the freedom to explore novel, high-risk/high-reward research topics.
WA Governor Jay Inslee, Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell at the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop on August 15. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new report entitled, “Exploring…
Professor Jim Pfaendtner is leading a new endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies —…
U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, visited the Hillhouse laboratory to see their innovations on photovoltaic materials and solution processed solar cells in August.
Clean energy leaders from across the Pacific Northwest joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer to discuss the region’s challenges and opportunities for advancing clean energy.
Professor Christine Luscombe has been awarded a new three year NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site #1559787 titled “Clean Energy Bridge to Research”. The program will offer a 4 week exploratory research for freshmen and a 9 week full…
Dan Schwartz, director of the Clean Energy Institute,professor of chemical engineering, and adjunct professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences along with eleven other UW faculty. The new members will be formally inducted…
In a paper out this week in Nature Communications, CEI Associate Director David Ginger, CEI Fellow Dane deQuilettes, and their collaborators show that light exposure can help heal defects in certain types of solar cells. How? It’s all about the ions.
The Assistant Director of Program Operations is responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the Clean Energy Institute’s testbed facilities, with primary responsibilities in the areas of facility management, business development and financial management, and staff supervision.
The Paris Climate Agreement — combined with the Mission Innovation and Breakthrough Energy Coalition pledges to invest billions of new dollars in clean energy — is a signal that the world is committed to accelerating the development of scalable clean energy innovations.
A team of CEI graduate fellows and researchers from professor Venkat Subramanian’s laboratory were one of six groups invited to exhibit at an ARPA-E sponsored Congressional Showcase attended by elected officials and staff members.
More than 60 people gathered in Seattle as part of a 17 city simultaneous workshop to discuss leadership roles for women in solar and renewable energy.
Researchers in Christine Luscombe’s lab at the UW Clean Energy Institute have set themselves a high bar: they want to make solar energy using greener ingredients.
A team from UW physics professor Xiaodong Xu’s lab have created ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technological applications, including photovoltaics and other electronics such as miniature and foldable devices.
Sanfeng Wu, a Ph.D. candidate in Physics working with faculty member Xiaodong Xu, has been appointed an MIT Pappalardo Fellow in Physics for 2016 – 2019
Three members of the Clean Energy Institute faculty are among global researchers most cited by their peers.
Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz weighs in on what it will take to drive innovation in the clean energy economy.
The CEI awards six new Student Training and Exploration grants to support graduate and undergraduate education and providing scholars the freedom to explore novel, high-risk/high-reward research topics.
The UW and WSU Boards of Regents discussed Washington’s leading position in clean energy research prior to the 2015 Apple Cup with Governor Jay Inslee.
The Packard Foundation chooses scientists in the early stages of their careers and supports the more innovative avenues of investigation that traditional funding may not give them the freedom to explore. The fellowship includes a five-year research grant of $875,000.
Congratulations to our 2016 cohort of graduate fellows. The CEI Graduate Fellowships program is competitive and represents an important investment in graduate student research. Selected students receive financial support in order to pursue a research project related to the development of…
The Clean Energy Institute, along with the UW Climate Impacts Group and Urban@UW have been tapped to work on collaborative research with Tsinghua University and Sichuan province in China to develop low-carbon cities.
Ten Early Engineering Institute students spent three days this summer learning about solar energy and production from the Clean Energy Institute.
The Clean Energy Institute was pleased to sponsor the 2015 Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat, an annual event that provides a forum for women to build their professional networks and shape their careers.
UW Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz and WSU Associate Vice-President for Alternative Energy Ralph Cavalieri outline the impact of the Washington Clean Energy Fund on the state’s students and energy economy.
Members of the Clean Energy Institute leadership team will be recognized at the UW 45th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration on June 11, 2015.
Engineering a better solar cell: UW research collaboration with University of Oxford pinpoints defects in popular perovskites.
Graduate fellow Jennifer Stein makes mentoring students an integral part of her research path.
CEI welcomes its first cohort of Washington Research Foundation Clean Energy Fellows
The team developed a portable thermoelectric generator that turns cook fires into personal power stations.
Professor Daniel Gamelin is the winner of the third Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry.
A new tool developed by UW Clean Energy Institute faculty and students will provide important insights that could help engineers design more efficient and cost effective ways to produce and store energy, as well as power new devices such as electronics, cell phones and hybrid electric vehicles.
Dan Schwartz weighs in on “zero emission” hydrogen powered cars.
CEI faculty member Baosen Zhang was named to Forbes Magazine’s ’30-Under-30′ list for his contributions to the energy industry.
We are currently recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have recently finished their PhD programs to join CEI laboratories at the UW campus or its affiliates.
Congratulations to our 2015 cohort of graduate fellows. The CEI Graduate Fellowships program is competitive and represents an important investment in graduate student research. Selected students receive financial support in order to pursue a research project related to the development of…
Undergraduate research student David Coven is an expert schedule juggler. Read more about this entrepreneurial undergrad who is helping Clean Energy Institute faculty create materials for use in flexible solar cells to make them more lightweight and transportable.
Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will help catalyze the development of next-generation solar cells at UW.
How can the Seattle region become the best mid-sized economy in the world? What are the roles of STEM education and clean energy?
CEI graduate student Sarah Vorpahl reflects on her experience at the 2014 ORCAS Energy Conversion and Storage conference.
A team at the UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) is developing ways to connect two-dimentional sheets of solar collector material, one atom thick, that have the potential to be as flexible and foldable as a piece of paper and as strong as any material that exists on earth.
Scientists have spent decades developing technology that harvests sunlight and converts it to electricity. Yet existing solar energy solutions remain cost prohibitive for many applications. Brandi Cossairt is one of a group of CEI researchers that hopes to change that.
Life on the grid is getting smarter. Understanding the smart grid and relationships between utilities and consumers is among the core research areas of the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, and the UW Renewable Energy Analysis Lab (REAL Lab) led by professors Daniel Kirschen, Miguel Ortega-Vasquez.
Three UW faculty members with energy-related research are included on a list of the world’s most influential scientific researchers of the last decade.
Progress in the state’s energy storage and smart grid project received a big boost this week. On tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee announced a major state initiative to leverage state matching funds for three projects that will integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar in the state’s electrical grid.
When it comes to solar energy research it’s better not to be self-absorbed according to researchers at the University of Washington and Western Washington University.
The Clean Energy Institute is among the recipients of a recent gift from the Washington Research Foundation that will help accelerate the Institute’s discoveries of UW’s Clean Energy Institute from the laboratory to the marketplace.
The spring edition of The Trend in Engineering features Clean Energy Institute Director Daniel Schwartz and Chief Scientist Alex Jen. Read how CEI is working to revolutionize our energy system at every scale: Molecules to Miles.
The Washington Research Foundation, a private nonprofit group that funds research and initiatives to commercialize innovations in the state, is making a large, long-term grant to the University of Washington to support the Clean Energy Institute
Inslee reaffirms commitment to carbon emission goals at the Clean Energy Institute opening; news mention in Talk Among Yourselves: A Washington State Carbon Tax Outlook.
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The Clean Energy Institute welcomed Mildred Dresselhaus (Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on November 7 to present the inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar.