Brown University School of Engineering


New method attains energy conversion efficiency

Research improves efficiency from larger perovskite solar cells

Perovskite solar cells are cheaper to make than traditional silicon cells and their electricity conversion efficiency is improving rapidly. To be commercially viable, perovskite cells need to scale up from lab size. Researchers from Brown and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report a method for making perovskite cells larger while maintaining efficiency.

An accessible approach to making a mini-brain

A bundle of neurons:
In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working – though not thinking – sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.

New Faculty Joins the School of Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering Jonghwan Lee

Jonghwan Lee once thought that controlling a computer just by thinking about it was the stuff of science fiction. Then he read about brain science research at Brown. Now he’s here.

Jonghwan Lee was all set to go to graduate school to study low-temperature physics when he saw something that changed his path.

SRP Renewed

Superfund Research Program earns $10.8M for five-year renewal

Points of pollution:
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed the Superfund Research Program for a third multiyear period of support. The funding of more than $2.1 million a year for five years will enable Brown University scientists to further pursue studies of contamination at several sites around Rhode Island and effective ways to detect and prevent its adverse health effects.

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