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GCEP QUARTERLY

March 20, 2014

 


Improved technique to sort carbon nanotubes

Jennifer Dionne receives Presidential honor

Novel battery design could help stabilize electric grid

 

From the Director

This past quarter we issued a worldwide call for pre-proposals to address the need for affordable distributed electricity generation and clean cooking fuels in the developing world. We were surprised and delighted by the 74 pre-proposals we received, the largest number ever. Clearly there is tremendous interest on the part of the academic community around the world to find innovative solutions for delivering basic energy services to those most in need. We thank all of you who took the time to respond to our call for pre-proposals. We have asked 20 teams to submit full proposals and are in the process of reviewing those now.

On another front, our talented students, postdocs and faculty continue to deliver exciting discoveries. In this newsletter we highlight two of them:

Congratulations to GCEP investigator Jennifer Dionne for being selected by President Obama to receive the U.S. government's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers. In this quarterly, she shares how GCEP helped spark her interest in solar energy research.

Michael McGehee has joined the GCEP Team as our Research Theme Leader in the area of solar photovoltaics. Along with our other research theme leaders (Chris Field, Thomas Jaramillo and me), Michael is helping guide the development of the GCEP technical portfolio.

And finally, a number of our GCEP faculty, including Michael McGehee, Yi Cui and William Chueh, have given outstanding talks about their research at Stanford's weekly Energy Seminar. You can view videos of these presentations that I highly recommend on the seminar site.

Many thanks for your time and ongoing support of GCEP.

Sally M. Benson, Director
Global Climate and Energy Project
What's New
Zhenan Bao's group has improved a technique for sorting smaller-diameter semiconducting carbon nanotubes, which are ideal for solar-cell applications.
 
Game-Changing Research
A GCEP research team led by investigator Yi Cui and postdoctoral fellow Mauro Pasta has developed a high cycle rate, high-efficiency battery that could be tailored for electrical grid storage
Inside GCEP
Michael McGehee has worked on seven GCEP research efforts and has been on the GCEP faculty committee since 2007. Now, he is the GCEP Research Theme Leader in solar PV.
GCEPeople
Jennifer Dionne (center) has been selected for the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She shares how GCEP helped launch her research in solar energy.
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