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Michael Wolf awarded Peter Wall Major Thematic Grant

Professor Michael Wolf was recently awarded a Major Thematic Grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Wolf received the 5-year grant valued at $500,000 for the project “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications”.

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Major Thematic Grants provide funding of up to $500,000 over a three to five year period to interdisciplinary teams of UBC and external scholars to research a new area.

As principle investigator on the project, Dr. Wolf hopes to discover new nanomaterials to harvest and use solar energy more efficiently and at lower cost. Over the next five years, the team will investigate solar energy conversion. By developing novel nanomaterials that can be incorporated into devices and systematically characterized, the team intends to discover breakthrough materials and device structures that will potentially have a massive impact on society.

Co-investigators on the project include Chemistry Professor Mark MacLachlan, as well as Associate Professors John Madden and Peyman Servati from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Milind Kandlikar from the Liu Institute for Global Issues & Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.

As a unique component of the Peter Wall Major Thematic Grant project, the team will create a public seminar series that will engage experts from economics and policy and explore the role of alternative energy and solar energy conversion in society.

Further information on Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications can be found here: http://www.nanomaterialsmtg.pwias.ubc.ca/

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies: http://pwias.ubc.ca/