Known for funding science and engineering projects with the potential to pioneer new territory in a field, the Keck Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Lehigh to study the mechanisms that govern anti-thermal processes that appear to reverse nature. The work has the potential to revolutionize scientists’ basic understanding of thermal processes and inform the development of new materials that can withstand higher temperatures.
The project’s principal investigator is Martin Harmer, Alcoa Foundation Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Adviser for Engineering Research Initiatives.
A breakthrough in this area could lead to significant increases in engine efficiency, for example — saving billions of dollars in fuel costs.
Source: Lehigh University News