Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC)1 has made substantial progress in its research mission of identifying, launching, and advancing innovative research directions in renewable energy materials science, meeting its human resource mission of educating the next generation of renewable energy professionals, creating outreach programs to inform the public about the potential of renewable energy, and promoting diversity among faculty, research associates, staff, students, and future students.

The Center harnesses the vibrant energy vision of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), the extensive research resources of the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)2, and the growing national interest to advance the solar, fuel cell and renewable energy technologies and research. The Center integrates cutting edge basic research with education and outreach, into a powerful interdisciplinary mix to drive new research frontiers. It has identified two promising research directions—Group IV quantum dot nanostructures for future generation solar cell applications, and next generation ionic conducting membranes for battery, fuel cell, and other applications. The Center’s Seed Program has been especially successful in exploring high-risk, high-payoff innovative research that can be integrated within the Center’s Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) or translated to independent funding.

The REMRSEC Facilities program has increased in breadth and depth, with significant advances in its Characterization Laboratory, Semiconductor Processing Laboratory, Synthesis Laboratory, Clean Room, and associated Atom Probe Development Laboratory. The technical staff of the Center, CSM, and NREL have been raised with two Center hires that are joint with NREL, establishing a paradigm for leveraging cooperation and diversity. In three short years, the Center converted a vision for renewable energy into a vibrant and successful organization that engages NREL, CSM, the student body and the public in addressing a national priority, developing new materials for sustainable energy for the future.

1The REMRSEC is funded under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the MRSEC program in the Division of Materials Research (DMR-0820518)

2NREL is the primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development for the U.S. Department of Energy. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, comprised of the Midwest Research Institute, Battelle Memorial Institute, CU-Boulder, CSU, Colorado School of Mines, MIT and Stanford. For more information visit www.nrel.gov.

 


Announcements

Dr. Reuben Collins has been named the next Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters.  Since 1962, Applied Physics Letters has grown and adapted to the needs of physicists.  By consistently publishing timely, high quality science, APL is and remains the most highly cited journal in Thomson Reuters' Applied Physics category.

 

REMRSEC researcher, Chito Kendrick, cited as highlight on day 5 of the Photovoltaic Specialists Conference for his work on novel approaches to growth of silicon nanodot solar cells.

 

Dr. Reuben Collins was one of two distinguished lecturers for the upcoming academic year (2014-2015) chosen by The Mines Faculty Senate.

 

Brian Gorman, associate professor, has been selected to receive the Microanalysis Society's Heinrich Award at the 2014 Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting. Gorman was selected for his work on the interface between atom probe tomography and electron microscopy and microanalysis.

 

Dr. Corinne Packard was awarded the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research "Controlling Pressure-Induced Transformation in Rare Earth Orthophosphates". This award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

 

Dr. Barb Moskal is a recipient of the 2013-14 Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award for her appreciation and active pursuit of diversity at CSM.

 
Dr. Corinne Packard, assistant professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, has received the 2014 TMS SMD Young Leader Professional Development Award.


Thomas Brenner, CSM graduate student, has been awarded an AERI (alternative sustainable energy research initiative) postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institue in Israel - one of the premier physics facilities in the world. He will be working on the new Pb perovskite PV materials.

 

 

Huashan Li, CSM graduate student, has been selected to conduct her post-doc work at MIT in the Materials Science and Engineering Department under Professor Jeffrey Grossman. She will start her Post-Doctoral work in June 2014.

 

Professor Charles (Chip) Durfee was recently elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society.

 

Summer 2013 REU student, Jann Grovogui, presented his REU research at the National Society of Black Engineers' 2013 Fall Regional Conference. His poster titled "Incorporation of Silicon Nanoparticles into Silicon Based Solar Cells", tied for first place. He will be going to the NSBE National Convention during the spring of 2014. Mr. Grovogui also took first place in the undergraduate poster sesison at the Pittsburge American Society of Metals Chapter's Young Member's Night.

 

Professor Brian Gorman beside equipment in his unique atom probe tomography laboratory.

http://atomprobe.mines.edu/

 
2014 REMRSEC REU brochure
 
External Advisory Board member, Mildred S. Dresselhaus, was recently interviewed by the Materials Research Society for her work on energy related materials
 

Solar Today features article by CSM Student Kevin Boxer, titled "Sun's the Limit: Solar Heat for Industrial Applications"

 
REMRSEC Scientists Prevent Energy Loss From Heat in Solar Cells
 
CCAC committee thanks REMRSEC for support.
 
Adele Tamboli and Reuben Collins sign CRSP Memorandum of Understanding in Tokyo, Japan.
 

2013 REMRSEC Faculty Awards

Several REMRSEC faculty members received awards at the CSM Faculty Forum on April 25, 2013.

Outstanding Faculty Member:

Carolyn Koh (IRG2, Executive Committee)

Dean's Excellence Award:

Colin Wolden (IRG2)

Alumni Teaching Award:

Dan Knauss (IRG2)

Alumni Teaching Award:

Scott Strong (Assessment Teacher Workshops)

Research Excellence Award for Senior Faculty:

Reuben Collins (IRG1, Associate Director).

 
Mines solar cell research cited in Applied Physics Letters
 
2012 REMRSEC REU Summer Student Malcolm Davidson won 1st Place in the Poster Competition at the Conference on Earth & Energy Research held February 21-22, 2013 in Golden, CO for his research titled, "Synthesis of Earth-Abundant and Nontoxic Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy:  colloidal 3C-SiC quantum dots through a room temperature bottom-up method".  Malcolm will graduate from Louisiana State University in May, 2013 with his undergraduate degree in chemistry.  CSM Chemistry Professor Yongan Yang mentored Malcom during our 2012 REU Summer Program.
 

REMRSEC Graduate Students and Faculty attended the International School of Solid State Physics "Materials for Renewable Energy" in Erice, Italy during the summer of 2012. Pictured from left to right: Tom Brenner, John Poate (Director, Research and Technology Transfer), Gregory Schlichting, Archana Subramaniyan, Lauryn Baranowski, Sarah McMurray, Tania Tauer, and Professor Ryan O'Hayre.

 
Renewable energy lessons from the real world
 
Congratulations to Reuben Collins for being selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the understanding of the optical properties of condensed matter.  This is a distinct honor that is truly deserved.
 
2012 MRS Fall Meeting Video
 
REMRSEC Video
 
Professor Mark Lusk is awarded a grant for joint China-US research
 
Chuck Stone is a recipient of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in recognition of his efforts to promote diversity on the CSM campus.
 
Hierarchically Structured Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts
 
10th International Symposium on Functional π-Electron Systems
 

REMRSEC PhD student Jason Fish visited Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy in Roskilde, Denmark for 1 year as a guest researcher.
 

Taylor Research Group PhD student Jeremy Fields received the Best Poster Award at the IEEE Meeting in Seattle.
 
Mines researchers study quantum dots to increase the amount of electricity solar panels produce
 
Mines instrumental in bringing solar to General Electric
 
Physics graduate student Matt Bergren receives Best Physics Poster award at recent GSA Research Fair
 
Taylor Research Group graduate student Brian Simonds atttended EAPSI 2011 in Australia
 
Dr. Colin Wolden's PV paper published in JVSTA
 
Dr. M. Scott Bradley is named Facilities Director of the REMRSEC
 
REMRSEC Participant David Ginley was President of Materials Research Society for 2010
 
Clathrates Team Published Article in Science Magazine
 
REMRSEC Students attend press conference for Coloradans for an Innovation Economy on Friday, June 24, 2011 in Louisville.