News Archive for MEMS - energy tech and thermodynamics

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February 03, 2017

For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

There's a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more evidence to back up the metal's nonconformist reputation. According to a study led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the [...]

March 04, 2016

Mitzi Named Inaugural Simon Professor

Materials scientist David Mitzi has been named the Simon Family Professor of Engineering at Duke University. Support for the new professorship comes from Susie Simon in honor of her late husband J. Stephen Simon (E’65), who was chair of the Board of Visitors for the Pratt School of Engineering and [...]

October 22, 2015

Olivier Delaire: Designing Thermoelectric Materials One Atom at a Time

Olivier Delaire, a scientist probing the atomic phenomena underlying the physical characteristics of materials, will join Duke University’s faculty in January 2016. After seven years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Tennessee-based research campus of the U.S. Department of Energy, [...]

September 29, 2015

Chaos Key for New Class of Materials

Researchers at Duke University and North Carolina State University have discovered a brand-new class of materials. When students learn about molecular structures, they’re shown crystals like salt, which resembles a 3-D checkerboard. Historically, most non-metal materials that scientists develop and [...]

August 27, 2015

Improving Energy Storage With a Cue From Nature

Materials melt faster when the lines of heat spread through the cold material like the branches of a tree -- and the melting rate can be steadily increased by allowing the tree architecture to freely evolve over time, researchers have discovered. The finding could help improve phase change energy [...]

June 02, 2015

Duke's First Energy Minors Demonstrate Burgeoning Professional Demand

Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell [...]

May 13, 2015

Isa Ferrall: Making Solar Energy Economical

I have used the amazing opportunity of being a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar to immerse myself in the clean/renewable/sustainable energy field and have pursued research to push the field even farther forward. I worked in Dr. Jeff Glass’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films [...]

April 24, 2015

Ken Gall Named Chair of Duke’s MEMS Department

Watch video of Ken Gall's New Faculty Lecture Ken Gall has been named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. An interdisciplinary scientist whose work focuses on developing and understanding advanced materials [...]

April 22, 2015

Engineering PhD Student Recognized for Service to Global Community

Doctoral student Titilayo Shodiya has received the William J. Griffith University Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community. The award is given annually by Duke’s UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action to a select number of graduating students whose [...]

March 18, 2015

Photo Gallery: 2015 Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Open House

On March 8, 2015, more than 450 visitors learned about light-based technologies at the 2015 Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) Open House. The event featured many PhD students and faculty from Duke, and Nobel laureate John Hall, who was one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 FIP Symposium [...]

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