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Seed Grants

Funding Year Research Title Principal Investigators
2017 Graphene Composites for Sustainable Photocatalytic Transformations

Matteo Cargnello and Curtis Frank, Chemical Engineering

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

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

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

2014 Low-cost Polymer Materials for Efficient Waste Heat Reclamation

Zhenan Bao, Chemical Engineering; Kenneth Goodson, Mechanical Engineering

2013 Making Large Wind Farms More Productive, Less Expensive

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

2013 Junctionless Solar Cell for Enabling Third-Generation Photovoltaics

Krishna Saraswat, Electrical Engineering

2012 Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle

Shanhui Fan, Electrical Engineering

2011 Upconverter-Enhanced Molecular Photovoltaics: Towards Cost-Effective, Broadband Solar-Energy Conversion

Jennifer Dionne and Michael McGehee, Materials Science and Engineering

2011 Market-Based Valuation of Ecosystem Services for Competitive Large-Scale Solar Power Generation

Michael Lepech and David Freyberg, Civil and Environmental Engineering; John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering; Stefan Reichelstein, Graduate School of Business