Sept. 22, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan research into advanced batteries and the reduction of power plant emissions received a major boost this fall with the addition of two post-doctoral researchers funded through the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute’s first round of Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) grants.
Yen-Ting Kuo joins an inter-disciplinary PISET team that will explore production of more efficient cathodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, an innovation of particular interest for the automotive industry. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bart M. Bartlett and Assistant Professor/Materials Science and Engineering Anton Van der Ven lead the research. Kuo joins the U-M from the University of Kansas, where he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry.
Jacob Goldsmith was recently hired from the University of Kentucky as part of a project aimed at developing more efficient and cost-effective technologies for capturing C02 emissions from fossil fuel based power plants. The collaborative PISET research is led by Assistant Research Scientist in Chemistry Antek G. Wong-Foy, Assistant Professor /Computer Science and Engineering Michael J. Cafarella and Assistant Professor /Mechanical Engineering Donald J. Siegel. The project will leverage expertise in computational materials science, data mining, and chemical synthesis to develop a framework for the cyber-discovery CO2 capture materials based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). With thousands of MOFs to consider, Goldsmith, a computational chemist, will help build a robust database to assess the performance of known compounds, and guide the discovery of optimal compositions.
These initial PISETs were announced in February from a competitive field of proposals submitted from across the University. The Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies program funds teams of two or more U-M investigators, whose research bridges traditional disciplines to offer a better understanding of sustainable energy science, technology, or policy. A second round of support through the PISET program was announced earlier this month.
Learn more about applying for future rounds of PISET funding.
Contact: Paul Gargaro, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, 734-615-5678, firstname.lastname@example.org.