A team lead by Prof. Nanfang Yu is one of five recipients of grants from the PowerBridgeNY program to pursue clean energy related research and commercialization. PowerBridgeNY is a New York State funded program that facilitates collaborations between prominent institutions in the downstate, leveraging clean energy innovations emerging from institutional research labs to create more and stronger energy businesses in New York State.
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.”
Earth’s climate is constantly changing. With this change comes an increased frequency of extreme and potentially devastating events like floods, droughts, and storms, which impact populations around the globe. Mark Cane, Michael Tippett, and Lorenzo Polvani are working to shed light on what leads to climate variability, how humans play a role, and how we are all affected. Their research is an important part of worldwide efforts to better predict and prepare for the consequences of climate change.
Sometimes, taking an approach that is opposite to conventional practice can lead to breakthrough science. That’s the case in a research partnership between Pierre Gentine and Adam Sobel. The two have collaborated to develop a new simulation strategy that more accurately models Amazon seasonal cycles. This simulation strategy gives deeper insight into the water and carbon cycles of the Amazon rain forest and better understanding of tropical climates overall.
Simon J. L. Billinge, professor of materials science and applied physics, recently received a major grant from the NSF to help advance his innovative approach to cut the cost of designing custom materials for high-performance devices such as photovoltaics and batteries. The three-year, $983,000 grant, part of a high-profile initiative to fast-track the discovery of new materials, supports research at Columbia University and the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Lab where samples are bombarded with high-energy X-ray beams to probe their nanostructure.