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CWRU researchers win grant to double operational life of thin film solar cells

Solar PanelsEngineers and scientists at Case Western Reserve University have been awarded federal funds to try to double the lifetime of thin-film solar energy cells.
 
The researchers received a one-year, $165,775 U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative award to adapt a technology used to protect fiber optics.
 
Solar cells convert energy from the sun into electricity and are considered by many to be essential to the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants generated by traditional energy production. Thin-film solar panels absorb a broader spectrum of sunlight and some versions can be manufactured at lower cost than widely used silicon solar panels, but they’ve been plagued with a shorter operating life.

Rigoberto Advincula leads workshop on next generation of biomaterials

Rigoberto AdvinculaRigoberto Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, led a biomaterials workshop with the National Science Foundation this week in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Advincula led the effort in bringing a diverse community of academic and research institutions together to determine the next generation of biomaterials and the tools and foundry needed to advance the field.
 
The workshop had more than 50 participants who will generate a report to outline future opportunities and challenges in biomaterials including high risk and high pay-off ideas.

HoloLens app named finalist for international science media awards

HoloAnatomy appJust a few months after launching the first third-party app for Microsoft HoloLens, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are pointing to another unprecedented achievement—one that puts the two institutions amid some impressive company.
 
HoloAnatomy, a demonstration app designed to highlight how mixed-reality technology can transform education, is a finalist in the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, an international competition that recognizes the best in science communications across a broad range of media. Winners will be announced at a gala Sept. 21 at the Harvard Art Museum in Boston.

Kiju Lee wins National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Grant

Kiju LeeKiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded a $100,000 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative grant.
 
A project of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Keck Futures Initiative supports interdisciplinary projects related to art and science, engineering and medicine frontier collaborations.

Lee is collaborating with Petr Janata, from the University of California, Davis; Jonathan Berger, from Stanford University; Scott Auerbach, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Andre Thomas, from Texas A&M.

Drug candidate shrinks tumor when delivered by plant virus nanoparticle

In a pair of firsts, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the drug candidate phenanthriplatin can be more effective than an approved drug in vivo, and that a plant-virus-based carrier successfully delivers a drug in vivo.
 
Triple-negative breast cancer tumors of biologic models treated with the phenanthriplatin -carrying nanoparticles were four times smaller than those treated either with cisplatin, a common and related chemotherapy drug, or free phenanthriplatin injected intravenously into circulation.