Week in Review: 10/23/16 – 10/29/16


JILA team spots elusive intermediate compound in atmospheric chemistry

JILA physicists and colleagues have identified a long-missing piece in the puzzle of exactly how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution and a warming climate. Performing chemistry experiments in a new way, they observed a key molecule that appears briefly during a common chemical reaction in the atmosphere.


Finale Doshi-Velez and Na Li receive Air Force Young Investigator Awards

Finale Doshi-Velez, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Na Li, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at SEAS, have been selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to receive Young Investigator Awards.


Hu named Air Force Young Investigator

Yongjie Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Congratulations to Dr. John Schaibley for winning AFOSR Young Investigator Award

The recipients of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Young Investigator Research Program have been announced. Assistant Professor John Schaibley is one of 58 scientists and engineers to receive this prestigious award to study Plasmonic Amplifiers. This three year research grant will fund the development of technology that could improve transistors. This research has potential to enable ultra-high bandwidth technologies which utilize plasmonic waves for information processing applications.


ESM professor receives Young Investigator Award to improve 2D nanotransistors

Saptarshi Das has been awarded $360,00 by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to work on contact engineering for nanotransistors based on two-dimensional (2D) materials, which will improve the performance of electronic devices.

Upgrading an Element by Stretching It

Paul Simmonds, an assistant professor with a dual appointment to the departments of physics, and materials science and engineering, wondered if there was a way to fine-tune germanium’s physical properties, and thus improve its optoelectronic characteristics (how well it interfaces between electronics and light).