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John Vohs Receives George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research

John Vohs has been awarded the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for his work in surface science and catalysis, especially the surface science of metal oxides.

John will deliver the Heilmeier Research Award Lecture entitled "Nano-Structured Catalysts for Chemical Transformations" on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Wu and Chen Auditorium.

Exciting Solar Cell Research from Pennergy faculty!

Research by Andrew Rappe, Ilya Grinberg, Peter Davies, and Jon Spanier has been published in Nature, and highlights exciting new potential for solar panel construction.  Evan Lerner from Penn News has written a detailed article on this fantastic achievement which can be read here.

Research from Shu Yang and Kate Stebe reveals liquid crystal "flowers" can be used as lenses

Scientists and Engineers in the field of nanotechnology, more specifically Direct Assembly, are constantly seeking to evolve how we think about small scale structures. Recently, Pennergy's Shu Yang and Kate Stebe, alongside Randall Kamien and members of their respective labs have contributed to a new study that involves using liquid crystals as a medium for assembly. These crystals simplify the once complex pattern by mimicking  the three dimensions of a flower.  This approach has the potential to lend itself to several applications, namely the making of optical switches.

Cherie Kagan named Stephen J. Angello Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Pennergy co-director Cherie Kagan has been named the  Stephen J. Angello Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. An extremely well-deserved recognition, we would like to congratulate Cherie on this achievement!

Cherie Kagan

Breakthrough Solar Panel Research published in Nature

Thanks to research funded in part by Pennergy, low-cost state of the art solar panels could be coming our way in the future.

Andrew Rappe, Peter Davies, Jon Spanier, along with research specialist Ilya Grinberg, have recently published a study in Nature that outlines exciting new developments they have refined in solar panel structures. In a marketplace where silicon based models are predominantly used, they were able to develop a new class of ceramic material comprised of potassium, niobium, barium, and nickel.

Dawn Bonnell Appointed Vice Provost for Research at Penn

Dawn Bonnell has been named vice provost for research at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning on July 1st of this year. She is the Trustee Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and director of Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center.

IEEE Recognizes Two Outstanding Papers by Pennergy's Andre DeHon

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of International IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has highlighted the top 25 papers from the last 20 years of the conference, and Pennergy Member and Penn Professor Andre DeHon has two papers acknowledged on this list. From 1996,  MATRIX: A Reconfigurable Computing Architecture with Configurable Instruction Distribution and Deployable Resources. And from 1997,  Defect Tolerance on the Teramac Custom Computer.

Jay Kikkawa named a Recipient of the 2013 Lindback Award for Teaching

Jay Kikkawa, Professor of Physics at UPenn and Pennergy Member, is one of the eight 2013 recipients of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching.

The Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania were established in 1961. Award winners are determined by nominations and recommendations made by faculty and students at the end of each year. 

Daeyeon Lee Receives 3M Nontenured Faculty Award

Daeyeon Lee, Pennergy Member, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Penn, is the recipient of a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award for his proposal, "Bubble-Derived Light-Weight Materials with High Strength and Toughness." This award was created by the 3M company to support new faculty as they work towards tenure.

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