Columbia Engineering researchers, collaborating with colleagues at the University, have won two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research that has the potential to transform quantum research. The Columbia projects are among the first to be chosen for federal funding for quantum research since the announcement of the National Quantum Initiative Act, signed into law by President Trump last December. Out of 200 pre-proposals for this funding opportunity, only 19 grants were awarded by the NSF.
Columbia Engineering researchers in Prof. Yuan Yang's group have developed porous polymer coatings (PPCs) that enable inexpensive and scalable ways to control light and heat in buildings. They took advantage of the optical switchability of PPCs in the solar wavelengths to regulate solar heating and daylighting, and extended the concept to thermal infrared wavelengths to modulate heat radiated by objects. Their work is published on October 21, 2019 by Joule.
A team of Columbia University scientists, including Prof. Nanfang Yu, has been awarded $2 million to execute a project aimed at extending the excited state lifetime of atoms, allowing for new technological innovation and advancing the field of quantum science.
Prof. Lorenzo Polvani has been named a 2019 AGU Fellow. Only 1% of AGU members are chosen for this honor in any given year and Polvani, also with the other 61 fellows, will be recognized at the Fall 2019 AGU Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Polvani, who is a professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is an atmospheric scientist whose research spans climate variability and change, tropical cyclones, the influence of the Arctic on other regions, and geophysical fluid dynamics.