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Kumar wins Alexander von Humboldt Award

Sharvan Kumar, Professor of Engineering:

Sharvan Kumar, professor of engineering, who studies metallic materials for structural applications, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research award for 2015.

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Sharvan Kumar, professor of engineering, is a 2015 recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research award.

(Distributed June 9, 2015)

Researchers Simulate Behavior of 'Active Matter'

Computer models show how small, spinning particles suspended in a fluid can form a variety of macro-scale structures at different concentrations. (Concentrations increase left to right.) The vertical :

Microspheres in a fluid, spinning in opposite directions, create flow patterns that affect other particles. Computer simulations show the particles self-assembling into different structures at different concentrations: bands, small swirls, a single large vortex.

From flocks of starlings to schools of fish, nature is full of intricate dynamics that emerge from the collective behavior of individuals. In recent years, interest has grown in trying to capture similar dynamics to make self-assembling materials from so-called "active matter."

(Distributed June 5, 2015)

A Better Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

Researchers at Brown University have developed a new method for making solar cells from perovskite — a faster, more straightforward method that can produce flexible, high-efficiency, thinner cells.

(Distributed March 17, 2015)

“CO2: From Waste to Worth” conference to be held at Brown

Co2: Environmental alchemy C4 — Brown’s Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 — is working on ways to use excess CO2, an environmental pollutant, as a cost-effective ingredient in industrial chemicals and fuels, from plastics to pharmaceuticals.Co2: Environmental alchemy C4 — Brown’s Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 — is working on ways to use excess CO2, an environmental pollutant, as a cost-effective ingredient in industrial chemicals and fuels, from plastics to pharmaceuticals.
Environmental finance experts, clean energy entrepreneurs, and investors will gather at Brown University in Providence Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, to explore CO2 technology advances and market opportunities.
(Distributed January 13, 2015)
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