Gogotsi Receives Grant for Partnership with France

Published on Monday April 6, 2009

Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Trustee Chair Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, has received a $240,000, three-year grant "New Materials Synthesis and Processes for Energy Storage Microdevices" from the Partner University Fund of the French American Cultural Exchange.

Grants provided by the Partner University Fund support research and graduate education partnerships between French and American Universities with emphasis placed on novel, innovative and, when relevant, interdisciplinary approaches that involve exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Gogotsi's project, in collaboration with the Universite Paul Sabatier and the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems of the French National Center for Scientific Research (LAAS-CNRS), will build on the success of graduate programs in the U.S. and France, namely, the NSF-IGERT Ph.D. traineeship in Nanoscale Science & Engineering at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, and the Erasmus Mundus "Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion" masters degree program of the European Union.

The research focus of the Partner University Fund grant will be the development of high-capacitance, high energy density micro-supercapacitors incorporated into silicon or silicon carbide wafers.  These energy storage devices will be especially suitable for use in mobile electronic equipment, wireless sensor networks, and micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) devices.

The grant will fund the exchange of students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Drexel University to visit French partners, and vice versa.

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