Week in Review: 4/12/15 – 4/18/15

April 16, 2015

UT Austin Engineer Wins $1 Million National Science Foundation Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Andrea Alù, an associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, the prestigious 2015 Waterman Award, which comes with $1 million of research funding. An associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a former recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Alù is renowned for groundbreaking discoveries and technological innovations in the defense and communications sectors. AFOSR POs: Dr. Arje Nachman and Dr. Ali Sayir

April 15, 2015

Cobalt film a clean-fuel find
A cobalt-based thin film serves double duty as a new catalyst that produces both hydrogen and oxygen from water to feed fuel cells, according to scientists at Rice University. The inexpensive, highly porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour may have advantages as a catalyst for the production of hydrogen via water electrolysis. A single film far thinner than a hair can be used as both the anode and cathode in an electrolysis device. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative supported the research.
AFOSR POs: Dr. Joycelyn Harrison & Dr. Charles Lee http://news.rice.edu/2015/04/15/cobalt-film-a-clean-fuel-find/