Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > The White House has named a pair of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and a recent alumnus to a list of the country's most promising researchers

Abstract:
The White House has named a pair of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and a recent alumnus to a list of the country's most promising researchers.

The White House has named a pair of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and a recent alumnus to a list of the country's most promising researchers

Madison, WI | Posted on October 2nd, 2011

Materials science and engineering professor Michael Arnold, chemistry professor Daniel Fredrickson, and UW-Madison graduate Samuel Zelinka - now a researcher at the USDA's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison - are among just 94 recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

The Early Career Awards program was established in 1996 to encourage the development of scientists and engineers embarking on their independent careers. The directors of federal agencies that fund research select finalists for the awards, which are passed on to the White House.

"I'm honored personally, but I'm very happy for our research group," says Fredrickson, who is one of 13 scientists nominated by the Department of Energy. "We're working in an under-populated area of research - in the United States, at least. So it's nice to see the hard work of my students recognized, when they may be asking themselves, 'Who else is working on this?'"

Nominated by the Department of Defense along with 15 other winners, Arnold drew additional funds to bring his work with carbon nano-materials in new applications.

"It speaks to the fantastic support that I've received from my colleagues and the university," he says. "Both have been instrumental to the successes of my career."

Arnold has studied carbon nanotubes for, among other things, their use in electricity-generating solar cells.

"We've been doing more fundamental science so far," says Arnold, who joined the UW-Madison faculty in 2008 after earning a doctorate from Northwestern University and doing postdoctoral research at Michigan. "The Department of Defense is interested in making new light-emitting and -detecting devices from our carbon materials."

Those materials could be used to make infrared light connections between computer chips that would enable faster transmission of information than physical connections - wires, that is - allow for. He may also have the right ingredients for far more sensitive infrared detectors.

"It will allow us to push our efforts to the next level," Arnold says. "You can have all the good ideas you want, but without support like this you can't take them anywhere."

Fredrickson, who came to Madison in 2009 from the University of Stockholm and after earning his doctorate at Cornell, studies the bonds formed between metals mixed together - as in the formation of an alloy.

"Those bonds can be relatively simple, where one metal is substituted into the regular structure of another," he says. "Or there can be a hugely complex new structure, sometimes tens of thousands of molecules in an arrangement that repeats over and over."

Fredrickson's lab puts groups of elements through what they call "chemical frustration," a forced marriage of sorts.

"We watch that frustration to try to understand how the two metals chose their inter-metallic structures," he says. "If we can control that, we can create new materials tailored to special needs."

The new materials could improve hydrogen storage, aid in superconductivity and improve catalysis ( controlling reactions between other compounds ).

Zelinka, who earned a doctorate from UW-Madison's College of Engineering in 2009, is a research materials engineer at the Forest Products Lab. He studies the corrosion of metals in wood and the way wood reacts to water, developing quicker ways to evaluate metal fasteners coexist with new preservatives used to treat wood.

The three Madison scientists will join the rest of the Early Career Award winners for a ceremony with President Barack Obama at the White House.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Chris Barncard
608-890-0465


Jim Beal
608-263-0611

Copyright © University of Wisconsin-Madison

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Festival May 22nd, 2015

Simulations predict flat liquid May 21st, 2015

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

INSIDDE: Uncovering the real history of art using a graphene scanner May 21st, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE and NIOSH Launch Federal Nano Health and Safety Consortium: May 20th, 2015

Nanotubes/Buckyballs/Fullerenes

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers May 21st, 2015

Sandia researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by 'Tinkertoy' materials May 20th, 2015

Cotton fibres instead of carbon nanotubes May 9th, 2015

A better way to build DNA scaffolds: McGill researchers devise new technique to produce long, custom-designed DNA strands May 6th, 2015

Announcements

Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Festival May 22nd, 2015

Nanotherapy effective in mice with multiple myeloma May 21st, 2015

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries May 21st, 2015

INSIDDE: Uncovering the real history of art using a graphene scanner May 21st, 2015

Energy

Sandia researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by 'Tinkertoy' materials May 20th, 2015

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Announces Official Launch of the Eagle Platinum Tile™ May 19th, 2015

FEI and Weatherford Enter Into Joint Agreement for Advanced Reservoir Characterization Services May 18th, 2015

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1 percent: Aalto University's researchers improved their previous record by over 3 absolute percents in cooperation with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya May 18th, 2015

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues May 19th, 2015

Researchers build new fermion microscope: Instrument freezes and images 1,000 individual fermionic atoms at once May 13th, 2015

International and U.S. Students and Teachers Headed to Toronto for 34th Annual International Space Development Conference®: Students competed in prestigious NSS-NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest May 9th, 2015

Pixelligent Technologies Announces $1M Phase-II OLED Lighting Award From the US Department of Energy May 9th, 2015

Solar/Photovoltaic

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1 percent: Aalto University's researchers improved their previous record by over 3 absolute percents in cooperation with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya May 18th, 2015

Wearables may get boost from boron-infused graphene: Rice U. researchers flex muscle of laser-written microsupercapacitors May 18th, 2015

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations May 16th, 2015

ORNL demonstrates first large-scale graphene fabrication May 14th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project