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PNNL to partner with University of Oregon on materials science

PNNL to partner with University of Oregon on materials science

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new agreement between the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Oregon will allow scientists to obtain joint appointments that bridge the two research institutions.  Link to article.

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2016 Energy & Sustainable Materials Symposium

2016 Energy & Sustainable Materials Symposium

September 30 – October 1, Crater Lake Rooms, EMU Registration at: http://materialscience.uoregon.edu/2016-energy-sustainable-materials-symposium/  

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Simon’s Foundation funds Corwin’s research on “Cracking the Glass Problem”

Simon’s Foundation funds Corwin’s research on “Cracking the Glass Problem”

MSI researcher Eric Corwin is part of a 13 member international team working on a new initiative seeking to understand the “glassy state of matter”. Corwin was recently awarded a $745k, 4-year award for his research into the study of jammed systems as it relates to glass.

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MSI Researchers win award for Materials Prototyping Facility

MSI Researchers win award for Materials Prototyping Facility

Congratulations to MSI researchers for their successful award from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The award for $476,000 will support the “Oregon Rapid Materials Prototyping (RaMP) Facility”. RaMP will house flexible state-of-the-art tools for depositing inorganic films and nanostructures via atomic layer deposition and sputtering as

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SupraSensor “Science Nation” video released

Fundamental chemistry research from the Haley/Johnson labs leads to a new sensor that gives farmers a more accurate read on fertilizer needs. New video provided by the National Science Foundation released March 14, 2016 as “Science Nation” Video of the Day.    See video

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Richmond awarded National Medal of Science

The Obama administration has chosen Prof. Geri Richmond to receive the nation’s highest scientific honor. The National Medal of Science is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists, engineers and inventors.  Full Story

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Taylor et al win Keck award to study neural implants

MSI Director Richard Taylor and collaborators in January were awarded a $900,000 grant to design bio-inspired implants , a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Full Story

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Sustainable energy technologies

Materials chemist Shannon Boettcher and his lab are investigating ways to use non-carbon-based (i.e. “inorganic”) materials – like the semiconductors found in a computer or cell phone – to convert and store energy sustainably and in a cost-effective fashion. This research contributes to what Boettcher predicts will

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Breakthrough methods for creating new compounds

Chemist David Johnson’s research revolves around the creation of new compounds with new properties, using a breakthrough “slice and dice” method that he developed. This method involves slicing molecular structures into slabs, and layering the slabs together. “We try to understand how [chemical compounds’] properties correlate with

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Detecting and removing toxics from the environment

With their research, Darren Johnson and his lab seek to create solutions that prevent toxic waste and detect and remove contaminants from the environment. One of the biggest successes that emerged from the Johnson Lab began as a failure during a collaboration with the Haley lab. An

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