Failures of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs)and other high-energy batteries always originate from microscopic heterogeneities, which however are difficult to be monitored, analyzed, and predicted by existing electroanalytical methods. Peng Bai, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering has been preparing to better understand the dynamic heterogeneities in the electrodes of lithium-ion and other high-energy batteries, and now received a five-year, $503,025 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more about Bai's CAREER award
The NSF has awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to Fangqiong Ling, assistant professor and principal investigator of the Environmental Genomics and Microbiology Lab. The five-year, $500,000 award will fund Ling’s research to advance the science of wastewater-based epidemiology — tracking the spread of infectious disease using microbial biomarkers in wastewater. To do this, Ling will develop a new computational framework to model urban populations from microbiomes in wastewater; and develop and validate tools to better use wastewater surveillance data. Read more about Ling's CAREER award
Kimberly Parker, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, will study the environmental fate of pesticides that use double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) as their active agent with a five-year, $500,480 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Specifically, she will identify the physical processes that degrade dsRNA pesticides in the environment, including in soils, surface water and on the surfaces of leaves. By identifying these processes, the work will advance knowledge on the environmental fate and persistence of nucleic acids, including microbial genetic markers.
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