While the world hungers for advanced materials, especially for advancements in areas like clean energy, national security, and more accessible technologies, university researchers are aiming to deliver on that need.
According to a press release, four researchers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University are working in conjunction with the federal Materials Genomics Initiative, to more quickly design materials that will find their ways to the marketplace.
The team is attempting to bypass the traditional process of trial and error in scientific research which is both costly and time-consuming. Typically the development of new, more efficient materials can take decades and cost millions of dollars.
To push the boundaries of scientific innovation and discovery and help to find solutions to some of society’s largest challenges, Aldo Romero, Cheng Cen, David Lederman and James P. Lewis have received nearly $2 million under the initiative.
Among the projects currently under development are:
• The rapid discovery of fluoride-based multiferroic materials, which could allow for generating electric fields that would support more efficient electronic devices or be electronic responsive under a magnetic field. The research is supported by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation award.
• The computational design of nano-catalysts from gold and silver alloys for use in energy and environmental science applications, such as in automobile exhaust cleanup. This research is supported by a roughly $560,000 National Science Foundation award.