Chemical Engineering

Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low-cost Solar Cells

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Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford engineers have developed a manufacturing technique that could help make polymer solar cells an economically attractive alternative to those made with much more expensive silicon-crystal wafers.

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Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low-cost Solar Cells
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Solar cells made with the tiny rake double the efficiency of cells made without it

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford engineers have developed a manufacturing technique that could double the electricity output of inexpensive solar cells by using a microscopic rake when applying light-harvesting polymers.

When commercialized, this advance could help make polymer solar cells an economically attractive alternative to those made with much more expensive silicon-crystal wafers.

Last modified Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 at 9:11

Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

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Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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Engineers Win TomKat Grants
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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions.

Miniature ultrasound sensors embedded in windmill blades could help avoid catastrophic failures and reduce wind power costs by replacing field inspections with online monitoring.

Stanford Engineering students Alex Guo and Kevin Zheng have set out to show that their sensor system, developed in the laboratory of electrical engineering Associate Professor Boris Murmann, can be commercialized. Then they plan to develop applications for monitoring pipelines, trains, planes and other critical infrastructure.

Last modified Wed, 29 Jul, 2015 at 12:05

New 'designer carbon' from Stanford engineers boosts battery performance

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Stanford researchers have created a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.

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Designing Better Carbon Batteries
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Stanford engineers have created a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.

Stanford University engineers have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured on the cover of the journal ACS Central Science.

Last modified Fri, 29 May, 2015 at 12:34

Stanford engineers discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

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New findings by Professor Alfred Spormann and colleagues could pave the way for microbial "factories" that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals.

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How Microbes Acquire Electricity
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Stanford engineers' discovery could pave the way for microbial "factories" that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals.

Stanford University engineers have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane.

In a new study, the Stanford team demonstrates for the first time how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial "factories" that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably.

Last modified Mon, 18 May, 2015 at 10:11

Stacey Bent is named chair of Chemical Engineering

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Her research focuses on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry and applying this knowledge in a wide range of fields from semiconductors to sustainability.

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Bent Will Lead Chemical Engineering
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Stacey Bent's research focuses on understanding and controlling surface and interfacial chemistry.

Stacey Bent, the Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of chemical engineering, will be the new chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Last modified Fri, 24 Apr, 2015 at 13:47

Chemical Engineering Alumni Reception & Mason Dinner

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Alumni Reception:

 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:30 - 6:30 pm 
Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering, Tea Room, Terrace Level   Map
 
Student Poster Session with AIChE Car Team 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Building Tours 5:30 and 6:00 pm
 

Mason Dinner:

 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Last modified Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 at 14:17

HCI Design Studio final presentations

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford  Map
Free and open to the public, refreshments

 

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Friday, March 13, 2015. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cubberly Auditorium, Stanford

Last modified Thu, 5 Mar, 2015 at 14:56

Engineering a rowing team

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Engineering is a popular and useful major for members of Stanford's rowing team.

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Engineering a Rowing Team
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Engineering is a popular and useful major for members of Stanford's rowing team.

On morning drives from campus to the Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center, the topic of conversation among rowers is often about how to use fluid dynamics to make the blade of an oar move faster through the water and improve boat speed.

It may be surprising to some that 18- to 22-year-olds spend this time talking about fluid dynamics or discussing internship experience with doing impact testing on glass for tablets and the process of making renewable medical devices, as opposed to talking about pop culture.

Last modified Thu, 5 Mar, 2015 at 11:07

The 40th Annual David M. Mason Lectures in Chemical Engineering

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THE DAVID M. MASON LECTURES IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING are named in honor of the late David M. Mason, who was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stanford University.

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Monday, May 11, 2015. 3:15 pm - Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 4:15 pm
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Department of Chemical Engineering
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650-723-7503, akjensen@stnaford.edu

Last modified Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 at 10:23

Jens Nørskov elected to NAE

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Chemical engineering professor honored for his contributions to theoretical approaches to design of heterogeneous catalysts, linking reaction rates to microscopic catalyst properties.

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Jens Nørskov elected to NAE
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Professor honored for his contributions toto theoretical approaches to design of heterogeneous catalysts

 

Jens Norskov Jens Nørskov, the Leland T. Edwards Professor in the School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for theoretical approaches to design of heterogeneous catalysts, linking reaction rates to microscopic catalyst properties.

Last modified Thu, 12 Feb, 2015 at 10:17