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Seed Grants

Funding Year Research Title Principal Investigators
2019 Development and Validation of Techno-Economic Analysis Tools for Modular, Energy-Efficient Agricultural Water Treatment Systems

William Tarpeh, Chemical Engineering, Juan Santiago and Xiaolin Zheng, Mechanical Engineering

2019 Exploring for fault-hosted geothermal systems using low temperature thermochronometry and thermo-kinematic modeling

Elizabeth Miller and Martin Grove, Geological Sciences 

2019 High Specific Power High-voltage Variable Capacitance Generator with Resonant Pulse Excitation to Enable the Next Generation of Offshore Wind Turbines

Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering and Claudio Rivetta, SLAC

2019 Environmental Justice Consequences of Transportation Choices

Ines Azevedo, Sally Benson, and Adam Brandt, Energy Resources Engineering

2018 DNA fingerprints of subsurface microbial community for reservoir characterization

Anne E. Dekas, Earth System Science and Roland N. Horne,  Energy Resources Engineering

2018 Solid Base Catalysis of Hydrocarbon Functionalization for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

Matthew Kanan, Chemistry

2018 Continuously Cycled Water Harvesting System from the Atmosphere

Kenneth E. Goodson and Juan G. Santiago, Mechanical Engineering

2017 Graphene Composites for Sustainable Photocatalytic Transformations

Matteo Cargnello and Curtis Frank, Chemical Engineering

2017 Design and Operation of Smart Natural Ventilation Systems

Catherine Gorle, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Sanjay Lall, Electrical Engineering and of Aeronautics and Astronautics

2017 Reduced-temperature thermochemical fuel production using phase transitions in entropy-stabilized oxides

Arun Majumdar, Mechanical Engineering and William Chueh, Materials Science & Engineering

2016 A Commercial Wind-Farm Testbed for Performance-Prediction and Optimization Tools

John O. Dabiri, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; Sanjiva Lele, Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Mechanical Engineering

2016 Finding the Optimal Balance between Building Energy Conservation and Occupant Health Protection: A New Mobile Indoor Air Sensor Array for Building Ventilation Automation

Lynn Hildemann and Ram Rajagopal, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2016 Building the Power Electronics Cell

Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering

2016 Designing a Better Battery with Machine Learning

Evan Reed, Materials Science and Engineering

2016 Novel fabrication of light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

Bruce Clemens, Materials Science and Engineering; James Harris, Electrical Engineering

2016 Aquaporin-Copolymer Membranes for High-Throughput, Selective Water Purification

Andrew Spakowitz, Chemical Engineering; Curtis Frank, Chemical Engineering; Elizabeth Sattely, Chemical Engineering; Michael Toney, SLAC; Eric Appel, Materials Science & Engineering

2015 Electrostatically Achieving Record Low Work Functions for Efficient Thermionic Energy Conversion

David Goldhaber-Gordon, Physics and, by courtesy, Applied Physics; Nick Melosh, Materials Science and Engineering and Photon Science

2015 Hybrid High-Voltage Grid-Scale Battery

William Chueh, Materials Science and Engineering

2015 Demand Response: The Interweaving of Humans and the Power Grid

Ramesh Johari, Management Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

2015 Water Purification as an Appliance on Solar Microgrids

Christopher Chidsey, Chemistry; and Juan Santiago, Mechanical Engineering

2014 Low-cost Polymer Materials for Efficient Waste Heat Reclamation

Zhenan Bao, Chemical Engineering; Kenneth Goodson, Mechanical Engineering

2014 From ‘Waste’ Water to Fresh Water: Anaerobic treatment for energy-neutral potable water

William Mitch and Craig Criddle, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2014 Economic Assessment of Polygeneration Energy Systems

Stefan Reichelstein, Graduate School of Business; Adam Brandt, Energy Resources Engineering

2013 Electrochemical Splitting of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

Mark A. Cappelli and Reginald Mitchell, Stanford UniversityMechanical Engineering; Tsuyohito Ito, Osaka University-Graduate School of Engineering (Japan).

2013 Making Large Wind Farms More Productive, Less Expensive

Sanjiva K. Lele, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Mechanical Engineering; John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering