Materials Science and Engineering
Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. But a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.
Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can be manipulated to turn electricity on and off the way faucets control the flow of water.
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Professor of materials science and engineering is honored for pioneering work in thin-film and nanostructured material growth and characterization, leadership service to the society and the materials community, and for leadership in teaching and mentoring.
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Members of Stanford Engineering faculty honored as next generation of scientific leaders.
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Associate Professor Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.
In the past few years, Yi Cui has made several business trips to China. Each time he has found himself choked by smog produced by automobiles and coal power plants.
After a few of these trips, Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, came up with an idea to clean the pollution. He and his graduate students set to work designing an inexpensive, efficient air filter that could ease the breathing for people in polluted cities.
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Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, Stanford engineers say.
Stacking perovskites, a crystalline material, onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford engineers.
The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.
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Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications.
Many of today's most promising renewable energy technologies – fuel cells, water splitters and artificial photosynthesis – rely on catalysts to expedite the chemical reactions at the heart of their potential. Catalysts are materials that enhance chemical reactions without being consumed in the process. For more than a century, engineers across the world have engaged in a near-continual search for ways to improve catalysts for their devices and processes.
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Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency.
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Four students and two faculty advisors create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices.
A team of Stanford University students and faculty has been selected as one of five Distinguished Award Prize winners in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to catalyze breakthrough medical sensing technologies that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal health monitoring.
The Stanford team was recognized for developing a hepatitis B blood test that can be analyzed in minutes using the microprocessor in a smart phone.
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Stanford's Yi Cui and colleagues have created a lithium-ion battery that alerts users to potential overheating and fire.
Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames.
The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.
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