Materials Science and Engineering
Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.
The Department of Energy has awarded Professor Reinhold Dauskardt $1.165 million to study how factors such as heat fluctuations and moisture changes will affect the photovoltaic arrays that utility companies would use to build large scale solar power plants.
Last modified Mon, 25 Nov, 2013 at 16:05
Stanford Engineering Hero William J. Perry looks ahead to North American energy independence and back at a career In national defense
A professor emeritus of Management Science and Engineering, Perry has advised presidents, served as Secretary of Defense and dismantled nuclear weapons
William J. Perry has been an entrepreneur, soldier, professor, businessman and national leader. Now he is a hero as well.
Perry, former U.S. secretary of defense, is the latest person to be inducted as a Stanford Engineering Hero, joining a select group of Stanford alumni or former faculty whose life work has profoundly advanced the course of human, social and economic progress.
Heroes are selected annually by a panel of distinguished subject-matter experts and technology historians.
Last modified Fri, 22 Nov, 2013 at 11:37
A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.
Organic solar cells have long been touted as lightweight, low-cost alternatives to rigid solar panels made of silicon. Dramatic improvements in the efficiency of organic photovoltaics have been made in recent years, yet the fundamental question of how these devices convert sunlight into electricity is still hotly debated.
Last modified Wed, 20 Nov, 2013 at 13:23
A team of Stanford and SLAC scientists has made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.
Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.
The secret is a stretchy polymer that coats the electrode, binds it and spontaneously heals tiny cracks that develop during battery operation, said the team from Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
They reported the advance in the Nov. 19 issue of Nature Chemistry.
Last modified Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 at 10:29
Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded 11 seed grants totaling $2.2 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency.
Last modified Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 at 8:57
Stanford engineers develop fuel cell that can deliver record power-per-square inch at record-low temperatures
Bumpy redesign of solid oxide membrane offers more surface area for reaction and leads to better performance.
Faster. Smaller. Cooler. Nanotechnology researchers love adding -er to words. Professor Fritz Prinz of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford School of Engineering admits that he’s rather fond of -est.
Prinz led a team of engineers that created a solid oxide fuel cell capable of delivering the most power-per-square inch yet developed, at record-low temperatures.
Last modified Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 at 11:34
Research could aid development of more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Working with a metal oxide that shows promise for future generations of electronic devices, IBM and SLAC scientists have shown that they can precisely control the temperature at which it flips from being an electrical conductor to an insulator – and thus functions as an electronic switch.
Last modified Wed, 20 Nov, 2013 at 12:31
Stanford students' solar-powered car places fourth in international race across the Australian outback
Luminos, the solar car built by Stanford students, crossed the Australian outback in five days, finishing fourth overall in the World Solar Challenge. Stanford was the first American team to the finish line and notched the team's best result in decades.
After five grueling days and 2,000 miles on the road, Stanford students jumped for joy as Luminos, their handmade solar racecar, rolled to the finish line of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Adelaide, Australia.
Luminos was the fourth solar-powered car to complete the international race across the Australian outback – a contest designed to encourage innovation in solar-powered car design – and the first American finisher.
Last modified Tue, 5 Nov, 2013 at 9:02
Interdisciplinary team creates 'microbial battery' driven by naturally occurring bacteria that evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.
Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.
Last modified Thu, 14 Nov, 2013 at 15:02
Thirteen middle school teachers came to Stanford to learn about nanotechnology and to develop hands-on activities to use in their classrooms.
After a lecture on nanofabrication, Maria Wang, associate director at Stanford's Center for Probing the Nanoscale, handed out white paper, boxes of colored crayons, thick black crayons and pipette tips.
It was time for a hands-on activity to illustrate the lesson for the class: science teachers from throughout California who are enrolled in the center's Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers.
Last modified Thu, 1 Aug, 2013 at 12:04