|SUNRISE announces DOE EPSCoR seed grant awards|
The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative (SUNRISE), in coordination with the North Dakota EPSCoR program, recently awarded four seed grants to faculty researchers at North Dakota’s two research Universities. An element of the mission of SUNRISE’s three-year DOE EPSCoR infrastructure improvement program is to assist in developing UND/NDSU research capability related to sustainable energy. Proposals received for this competitive seed grant program were reviewed by a panel of external and internal experts in sustainable energy.
SUNRISE is pleased to award seed grants for the following projects:
* Soizik Laguette, assistant professor, Earth System Science and Policy, “Spectral Characterization of Switchgrass for Biomass Energy and Biofuel Quality”, $32,295.
* Hossein Salehfar, professor, Electrical Engineering, “Modeling of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Technique”, $18,000.
* Julia Zhao, assistant professor, Chemistry, “Development of TiO2 Nanocatalysts for Sustainable Energy”, $50,000.
* W.H. Katie Zhong, associate professor, NDSU Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, “Ultra-lightweight Polymer Composites for Wind Energy System – Turbine Blade Structures”, $49,770.
-- Wayne Seames, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, email@example.com, 7-2958