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SunShot grant powers solar energy research

Nicholas Strandwitz has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a national effort to support the use of solar electricity through cost reduction. “SunShot aims to make solar energy a low-cost electricity source through research and development efforts using public and private partnerships,” explained Strandwitz. …

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Producing pure hydrogen efficiently

Chris Kiely and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydrogen fuel but can be poisoned …

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2017 materials research symposium awards

At the annual SMS picnic, prizes were awarded for the department’s first annual research symposium held April 20. Congratulations to our award winners: The prize for Best Presentation was awarded to Zakaria Hsain for Wear Behavior of Annealed Atomic Layer Deposited Alumina Thin Films. His advisor is Nicholas Strandwitz. The …

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Planet-friendly plastic production

Chris Kiely, professor of materials science and chemical engineering and Li Lu, PhD candidate in materials science, were part of an international team that unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst responsible for a new, environmentally-friendly method of producing an industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) — used …

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Materials students compete in Freed 2017

Brett Ley ’17, Michael Pires ’17, Zoë Rosenberg ’18, and Buang Zhang ’18 are competing in the David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium being held Wednesday, March 29, from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the STEPS lobby. The symposium has its roots in Lehigh’s first undergraduate research symposium organized by …

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Pimputkar, Kimmel organize international ammonothermal growth workshop

Article credit: Materials Department at University of California, Santa Barbara Photo credits: Michi Lindner In September, the greatest minds working in the field of ammonothermal growth of single crystals came together at UCSB for the conclusion of a two-session international workshop.  The first session was held in Germany, at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nüremburg (FAU), …

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Studying gold’s catalytic behavior

Chris Kiely and his research colleagues, including Qian He, lead author and one of Kiely’s former Ph.D. students, have published Population and hierarchy of active species in gold iron oxide catalysts for carbon monoxide oxidation in Nature Communications. After leaving Lehigh, Qian He spent time as a postdoctoral research associate …

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From the sea to the sky

Carol Kiely, a visiting research scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will present a talk entitled The Microscopic World Of Lunar Dust as part of the Fall 2016 seminar series. Kiely, an accomplished expert in the use of photography and stereoimaging to help explain scientific phenomena, will discuss …

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New currents in glass studies

By Chris Quirk Photo by Douglas Benedict of Academic Image Charles McLaren, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at Lehigh, arrived last fall for a semester of research at the University of Marburg in Germany with his language skills lagging significantly behind his scientific prowess. “It was my …

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Scratching the surface on coin-making

Using the most advanced techniques for analyzing the surfaces of materials, a team of researchers has shed light on the coin-making practices of the Roman Empire and the manner in which Roman coins have corroded over the past 2,000 years. The study by Lehigh chemical engineers and materials scientists demonstrated …

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