Irving Herman has been named the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Applied Physics in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. His appointment has been approved by the Trustees of Columbia University and he will be honored at the SEAS Faculty Excellence Celebration on September 20th, 2016.
The tropics are already hot, and they’re getting hotter as global temperatures rise. A new study in the journal Scientific Reports offers a glimpse into just how severely a couple more degrees could disrupt the region’s ecological map. The authors, Solomon Hsiang, from the University of California, Berkeley, and Adam Sobel, from Columbia University, looked at potential effects of a 2°C rise in the average global temperature this century and asked: what would happen if all species tried to migrate to keep their average environmental temperature unchanged?
For nearly 60 years, scientists have been trying to determine how manganese oxide (MnO) achieves its long-range magnetic order of alternating up and down electron spins. Simon Billinge and Benjamin Frandsen used their recently developed mathematical approach to study the short-range magnetic interactions that they believe drive this long-range order. The research was described in a paper published on May 11 in Physical Review Letters. Photo credit: Columbia Engineering/Timothy Lee Photographers.
Prof. Nanfang Yu, assistant professor of applied physics, has won a 2016 Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research for exceptionally creative research with far-reaching implications for technological needs of the Navy and the Department of Defense. For his proposal, “Phase-Change Correlated Perovskites as a New Platform for Photonics,” he is slated to receive approximately $510,000 over a three year period for equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships, and other expenses to sustain his research.
High-performance energy storage devices will be key to a sustainable future, allowing cell phones to go longer between recharging, increasing mileage for electric vehicles, and stabilizing the power output of solar and wind energy. “Advanced batteries will be a game changer for addressing global challenges of energy sustainability and environmental stewardship,” says Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. “Now is a really exciting time to work in batteries and energy storage.”