The University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have announced the first three research teams to win funding for renewable energy projects in a new joint program that teams up investigators from both schools.
the first-round winners were announced in Shanghai. At the same event, officials from both universities formally approved the joint research program, signing a resolution on collaborative research that commits each school to spending $3 million over the next five years for projects in both energy and medical biotechnology.
Each winning team will receive $200,000. The projects were selected from 19 proposals in renewable energy — submitted by teams that include researchers from both UM and SJTU.
Winning projects (all faculty are Energy Institute Fellows):
* High-capacity Li-air batteries for electric vehicle applications. U-M principal investigator: Donald Siegel, mechanical engineering
* High-efficiency hybrid solar cells based on carbon nanotube enhanced nanostructures. U-M principal investigator: Zhaohui Zhong, electrical engineering and computer science.
* Large-panel integrated-light transmitting and solar energy-harvesting façade systems for net-zero energy-efficient buildings. U-M principal investigator: Harry Giles, architecture and urban planning.