Physics Professor Weining Wang Receives Solar Research Grant
Some Seton Hall University undergraduate students will be getting a
chance to do real world solar energy research funded by a $35,000 grant
awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics Weining Wang. The grant from
Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) will be supplemented
by a $10,000 grant from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics.
Wang, whose research area is solar energy, and her students will
investigate and hope to resolve an "energy barrier" that occurs within
solar cells. They will experiment with various conductive materials,
searching for a potential replacement for the materials that currently
contribute to this energy barrier. By reducing this continuous obstacle
in solar technology, Wang hopes to increase overall efficiency.
The research presents a unique opportunity for undergraduate
students working on the project with Wang. Several students have been
project team members since the early stages, helping to complete the
preliminary work that earned the grant. They will continue to work on
the project when the grant officially begins on July 1.
"They will gain experience presenting their research at conferences
and publishing research papers with me which will help them whether they
are continuing on to grad school or entering industry," said Wang.
The grant comes from RCSA's Cottrell College Science program which
was created in the early 1970s to promote basic undergraduate research
at colleges and universities nationwide. Applicants are carefully
reviewed by a panel of top scientists. In the past 15 years, the
Cottrell College Science Awards have supported the research work of more
than 1,300 early career scientists in 400 institutions.
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