Our group had a strong presence at the 16th International ASME Energy Sustainability co-located with the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. Bingjia, Bryan, Mike and Zijie all gave excellent oral presentations and it was also great fun to be back in an in-person conference since 2020. See the list of talks below:
Many congratulations to Aditya Sundar, who is co-advised by Liang (Materials Science & Engineering) and Rohini (Mechanical Engineering), for successfully defending his thesis presentation titled "Modeling the structural and chemical stability of materials in reactive environments using multiscale methods".
Aditya has spearheaded a new field of work in TREE Lab focusing on assessing corrosion effects in metal alloy in supercritical CO2 environments at high temperatures up to 1000 C. Thank you for being hard working, diligent and persistent. Good luck to him on his future endeavors as a postdoctoral scholar at Argonne National Laboratory.
Rachel Silcox was one of 40 selected graduate students and postdocs to attend an intense week-long summer workshop that explores advanced topics in electrochemistry, NGenE 2022 at the University of Illinois, Chicago. This year the workshop focused on opportunities and challenges for decarbonization.
A fond farewell to Theo Rulko, undergraduate student extraordinaire. Theo was instrumental in designing, prototyping and testing a gravity-driven hopper and channel flow chamber in our lab to test the effectiveness of new instrumentation ideas to characterize solid volume fractions in the flow.
Thanks Theo for being energetic, creative and rigorous in all that you did in our lab. Best wishes for graduate school at MIT!
Our group had 3 talks including an invited talk by Luisa Barrera (yay!) at the 241st ECS Meeting at Vancouver. Luisa, was our sole in-person attendee for the conference.
Rohini was invited as a panelist on the topic of "From Particles to Panels" at the 11th US/German Solar Fuels Workshop along with Dr. Fatwa Abdi and Dr. Peter Agobo. Was great to be part of this engaging panel discussion, and thanks for the invite Prof. Daniel Esposito and Dr. Verena Streibal. Lots of room and need for fundamental science and applied innovations towards photocatalytic fuels production.
Check out our latest preprint on temperature-dependent radiative property measurements for ceramic powders, with applications as heat-transfer and storage media in concentrated solar power plants.
Rachel Silcox has secured the highly prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines, and provides three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
It is an amazing achievement, a first in our group, and very well deserved. Congratulations Rachel!
Super thrilled and really grateful to receive the NSF CAREER Award for understanding radiative transport in flowing and reactive participating media. Looking forward to exciting research and educational outcomes from this 5-year project. Huge shout out to support from my research team, financial and administrative staff at UM, especially Diane Brouwer (ME) and Kellie Buss (ORSP), and my family members.
Very excited to have our project proposal to the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office be selected and recommended for funding. We will focus on measuring the high-temperature optical properties of materials used in solar thermal power applications and creating a publicly accessible database with the measured properties. Also, looking forward to exciting collaborations with Dr. Sean Lubner and Dr. Vassilia Zorba on this project. Read more about this project here and here.
In the photo, Mike prepares samples for characterizing optical properties using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Photo credits: Brenda Ahearn/Michigan Engineering