Michael Filler Receives Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Award in Environmental Chemistry

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Dr. Filler’s research group works at the interface of materials science and chemical engineering, emphasizing the design, synthesis, and application of semiconducting nanomaterials to future solar energy conversion technologies.Worldwide energy demands exceed 13TW and are expected to reach 30TW by 2050. Fossil fuels account for 85% of energy production and emit CO2. Yet more sunlight energy strikes the Earth in one hour than all the energy consumed worldwide in a year, suggesting that positive environmental change may result from collection, conversion, and storage of solar radiation through photovoltaic systems. These systems convert photons from the sun directly into electricity but currently are cost prohibitive and inefficient. To create a viable photovoltaic system, Dr. Michael Filler is pioneering in-situ techniques to examine nanoscale optoelectronic materials and use this information to subsequently engineer their properties.

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The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation has named Michael Filler as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor.

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The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation has named Michael Filler as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor.

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The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation has named Michael Filler as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor for the Foundation's Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry. The award will provide funding over two years to appoint a postdoctoral fellow to carry out research in environmental chemistry. Filler, an assistant professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is one of nine recipients of the 2011 award.

By providing a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in environmental chemistry, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry.

Projects that are receiving funding involve innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment, including chemistry associated with the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater, and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, with a clearly stated relation to the environment.

Filler’s project proposes to investigate nanowire-based twinning superlattices as a new route to engineer the band structure of Si and achieve a direct band gap in this earth-abundant materials system. He anticipates that the appointed postdoctoral researcher will study superlattice synthesis with in-situ infrared spectroscopy.

After receiving his PhD from Stanford University in 2006, Filler completed a postdoctoral appointment in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2009, where he focuses on the atomic-level engineering of nanoscale semiconductors for next generation energy conversion, electronic, and photonic applications.

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  • Created On: Jan 20, 2012 - 5:22am
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