Janelle Leger, an assistant professor of physics at Western Washington University, was awarded an NSF-CAREER award to develop a fundamental understanding of ion movement and electrochemical processes in conjugated polymers. An important goal is to apply this knowledge to develop novel optoelectronic device structures such as white-light emitters and photovoltaic devices. A 2009 Cottrell College Science award helped her start this successful line of research. Leger is also a member of the WWU NSF/Solar team.
Renowned solar energy researcher and Caltech Professor Nate Lewis, who chairs RCSA’s Scialog review panel, appears on the PBS NOVA documentary Making Stuff: Cleaner, where he discusses his work developing artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight into chemical fuels. See chapter 6 of 6: Sun Power
For many of us in Tucson, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a cherished friend long before Saturday's stunning assassination attempt made her a household name. Our prayers go out to her and to all of the shooting's survivors -- for their speedy and full recoveries -- and to the loved ones...
Solar energy scientists and officials of Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), a foundation dedicated to science, pose in front of Biosphere 2. RCSA recently hosted the first-ever Scialog conference to encourage science dialog and breakthrough ideas among researchers who focus on improving efficiencies in solar energy conversion. The group included 13 Scialog awardees, as well as researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. Participants had the opportunity to form new teams and earn an extra $100,000 in funding by presenting new ideas.