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18-Jun-2014

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UC Riverside to lead new Energy Frontier Research Center project

The project 'SHINES' will receive $12 million from the Department of Energy to pursue fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use

IMAGE: This is Jing Shi, a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, will lead the SHINES initiative.

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WASHINGTON A UC Riverside-led research project is among the 32 named today by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), designed to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st-century energy economy in the United States.

"Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems" (SHINES) will receive $12 million over four years from the Department of Energy. The lead researcher is UC Riverside Professor of Physics Jing Shi, who will work with researchers from seven universities.

SHINES is one of 10 new projects announced today, along with 22 other projects receiving new funding based on achievements to date. The Department of Energy announced a total of $100 million in funding to support fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use.

"Today we are mobilizing some of our most talented scientists to join forces and pursue the discoveries and breakthroughs that will lay the foundation for our nation's energy future," Secretary Moniz said. "The funding we're announcing today will help fuel innovation."

He said the intent of the Energy Frontier Research Centers is to make fundamental advances in solar energy, electrical energy storage, carbon capture and sequestration, materials and chemistry by design, biosciences, and extreme environments.

"I am happy to hear the news," said Shi, the UCR physics professor who has put together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UC Riverside, UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, Austin and Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the scientific advances that they come up with," said Michael Pazzani, UC Riverside's Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. "This is exactly the kind of scientific leadership that UC Riverside has been encouraging and supporting. This project will lay the groundwork for energy technology for the nation."

SHINES will investigate several aspects of basic research: new ultrathin films, nanostructured composites, high resolution imaging, the transport of electrical signals, heat and light. "All of it will be studied, modeled and simulated in order to help the nation's ability to advance in the way we use energy," said Shi, the lead researcher.

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The SHINES team:

Alexander Balandin, University of California, Riverside Tingyong Chen, Arizona State University Chia-Ling Chien, Johns Hopkins University Javier Garay, University of California, Riverside Alexander Khitun, University of California, Riverside Ilya Krivorotov, University of California, Irvine Roger Lake, University of California, Riverside Chun-Ning (Jeanie) Lau, University of California, Riverside Elaine (Xiaoqin) Li, University of Texas at Austin Allan MacDonald, University of Texas at Austin Kang L. Wang, University of California, Los Angeles Mingzhong Wu, Colorado State University at Fort Collins Ruqian Wu, University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.



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