Rensselaer Graduate Student Awarded Lush Prize for Work To End Animal Research in Toxicology

Carolina Motter Catarino, a graduate student in chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded £10,000 from the Lush Prize, which is a collaboration between cosmetics company Lush and research organization Ethical Consumer. As the largest prize fund for the complete replacement of animal experiments, it funds projects working to end animal research in toxicology (chemical testing).

Rensselaer Professor Michael O’Rourke Receives 2017 NCSEA James M. Delahay Award

Structural engineering expert Michael O’Rourke, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the 2017 NCSEA James M. Delahay Award from the Board of Directors of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA). The award recognizes outstanding individual contributions toward the development of building codes and standards. It is given in the spirit of its namesake, a person who made a long and lasting contribution to the code development process.

Professor Meng Wang Receives Army Young Investigator Program Award

Meng Wang, assistant professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the Army Research Office (ARO). Wang will use the three-year, $360,000 grant to develop methods to extract useful information from complex data that could lead to improved image classification and object identification in modern surveillance systems.

Building Lithium-Sulfur Batteries With Paper Biomass

A major byproduct in the papermaking industry is lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, which is typically combusted on site, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere after sulfur has been captured for reuse.

Now researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method to use this cheap and abundant paper biomass to build a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery. Such a battery could be used to power big data centers as well as provide a cheaper energy-storage option for microgrids and the traditional electric grid.

The Heat Is On: Temperature Heals Lithium Dendrites

Rechargeable lithium-ion, the dominant battery technology for portable electronics, is increasingly becoming the battery of choice for electric-vehicle and electric-grid energy-storage applications.

In a lithium-ion battery, the cathode (positive electrode) is a lithium metal oxide while the anode (negative electrode) is graphite. But researchers are looking for ways to replace graphite with lithium metal as the anode to boost the battery’s energy density.

Rensselaer Introduces First in the Nation “Data Dexterity” Requirement for All Undergraduate Students

Data is a critical building block of a fast-approaching future, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ensuring that all of its students are adept architects with the adoption of a new institute-wide requirement in data education. The requirement, the first of its kind in the nation, will propel all Rensselaer students beyond the current collegiate standard of “data literacy” to “data dexterity” — proficiency in using diverse datasets to define and solve complex real-world problems.

Professor Jian Shi Receives Air Force Young Investigator Research Program Award

Jian Shi, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Shi will use the three-year, $450,000 grant to pursue fundamental research on nanoscale complex materials that could lead to the development of next-generation resilient and high-performance energy conversion and sensing technologies.