A Week in Review: 1/5/14 – 1/11/14

January 7, 2014

New, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production.
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-achinivu-2014/

With Laser-Doping, Silicon Responds to IR Light
New IR imaging systems could be possible now that a new method has demonstrated that silicon is more responsive to IR light when laser-doped with one of its most dangerous impurities: gold.
http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=55668

January 8, 2014

Engineers make world’s fastest organic transistor, heralding
Teams from Stanford and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborate to make thin, transparent semiconductors that could become the foundation for cheap, high-performance displays.
http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/engineers-make-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-organic-transistor-heralding-new-generation-see-through-electron

Two faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards
Greg Fuchs, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, and Noah Snavely, assistant professor of computer science, are among 102 winners this year of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early career scientists and engineers.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/01/two-faculty-receive-presidential-early-career-awards