Center Projects

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Including seed grants, sponsored funds and outreach work, Nexus is involved in projects that span across the Colorado School of Mines campus. It has collaborations within the major portfolios, research projects in ten different academic departments, programs and research groups and is involved with several key campus initiatives and institutes.

 
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Diffusion of guests, dopants, and impurity atoms through open cage allotropes of Si and related structures;  PI: Carolyn Koh;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Production of Pipeline Grade Renewable Natural Gas and Value-Added Chemicals from Forest Biomass Residues;  PI: Carolyn Koh;  Sponsor: West Biofuels

Defect States of Silicon Allotropes for Quantum Information Science;  PI: Carolyn Koh;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Understanding the Mechanism of Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation of p-type Silicon Solar Cells; PI: Sumit Agarwal;  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

Investigations of Anion Exchange Polymer Interfacial Interactions;  PI: Andrew Herring;  Sponsor: Army Research Office

INFEWS/T3: Critical Nutrient Recovery and Reuse: N & P Recycling from Wastewaters as Struvite Fertilizer;  PI: Andrew Herring; Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Water and Nutrient Recycling: A Decision Tool and Synergistic Innovative Technology;  PI: Andrew Herring;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

CdTe Core; PI: Colin Wolden Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

 

Department of Physics

Quantum Computing Clean Energy Systems; PI: Eliot Kapit;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Synthesis and Characterization of Perovskites for Optoelectronics PI: Eric Toberer; Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

High temperature, high throughput thermoelectric material discovery; PI: Eric Toberer;  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

Nanomanufacturing of Nanophononic Devices: Ultra-High ZT Thermoelectrics for Efficient Conversion of Waste Heat; PI: Eric Toberer;  Sponsor: Regents of University of Colorado

 REU: UG Integrating Computation; PI: Eric Toberer; Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Investigation of optoelectronic properties in perovskite photovoltaics; PI: Eric Toberer;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Understanding & Controlling Aggregation Processes in Organic Light Emitting Diode Materials; PI: Jeramy Zimmerman;  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

Expitaxial Growth of III-V solar cells on silicon substrates; PI: Jeramy Zimmerman;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Ground- and Excited-state Charge Transfer at Interfaces Between Perovskite-based Semiconductors and Other Low-Dimensional Semiconductors; PI:Jeramy Zimmerman;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Atom probe tomography of commercially relevant OLED structures; PI: Jeramy Zimmerman;  Sponsor: Universal Display Corporation

Thermoelectric Effect Superconductor-Ferromagnet Hybrids; PI: Meenakshi Singh;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Magnetoresistance Effects in Correlated Triplet Pair Systems; PI: Meenakshi Singh;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

 

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Nitride materials and interfaces for radiation-hard integrated neutron detection PI: Prashun Gorai and Geoff Brennecka;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

End-to-End Optimization for Battery Materials and Molecules by Combining Graph Neural Networks and Reinforcement Learning; PI: Prashun Gorai;  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

CDS&E: Collaborative Research: Designing New Zintl Phases with Motif-based Deep Learning and Ab Initio Methods; PI: Prashun Gorai;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Electrochemistry: Triple Conducting Oxides for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage; PI: Ryan O’Hayre;  Sponsor: Army Research Office

Accelerated Discovery of Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production Materials via High-Throughput Computational and Experimental Methods; PI: Ryan O’Hayre;  Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

Lowering the cost of III-V growth and substrates; PI: Corinne Packard Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Calculations of wide band gap semiconductors; PI: Vladan Stevanovic;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Oxide Electronic Devices for Extreme Operating Environments; PI: Vladan Stevanovic;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Online Instructional Resources for Material Science Technology Education; PI: Cynthia Howell;  Sponsor: Edmonds Community College

 

Department of Chemistry

Investigating Precision Control of local chemical and physical manipulation of 2D material properties; PI: Ryan Richards;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Metal Oxide Catalysis for Coupling biomass-derived ketones to fuel precursors; PI: Ryan Richards;  Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Lab

Elucidating Surface Structure Contribution of Facets, Steps and Kinks in Electrocatalysis of the Oxygen Evolution and Reduction Reactions (SurFCat); PI: Ryan Richards;  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanism for Improved Strength in Fast Pyrolysis Biochar Concrete; PI: Lori Tunstall; Sponsor: National Science Foundation

 

Current Nexus Seed Funding projects:

Discovery and Development of Oxides as Contact Materials in SOECs through an Integrated Experimental and Computational Approach  PIs: Brian Gorman (Mines) and Dave Ginley (NREL)

Reservoir dead pool in the western United States:  probability and consequences of a novel extreme event PIs: Adrienne Marshall (Mines) and Stuart Cohen (NREL)

Electrochemical DAC utilizing earth abundant metal oxides  PIs: Svitlana Pylypenko (Mines) and Danielle Henckel (NREL)

A Carbon-Negative Structural Material Platform – Demonstrating Mechanical and Thermal Properties  PIs: Paulo Tabares Velasco (Mines) and Paul Meyer (NREL) 

Plasmonic catalysis on metal oxides: toward ambient conversion of CO2 to liquids  PIs: Matthew Crane (Mines) and Matthew Beard (NREL)

AttackGen: Generative Synthesis of IoT Attacks in Cyber-Physical Systems PIs: Dong Chen (Mines) and Dane Christensen (NREL)

Fundamental understanding of oxygen evolution through atomic control of thin film catalysts  PIs: Megan Holtz (Mines) and Mai-Anh Ha (NREL)

An Occupancy Sensing Selection Platform for Occupancy-Driven Smart Building Applications  PIs: Gabe Fierro (Mines) and Avijit Saha (NREL)