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Ferry named to MIT Technology Review's 2016 Innovators Under 35 list

Aug. 23, 2016 - Assistant Professor Vivian Ferry has been named to the MIT Technology Review list of Innovators Under 35. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented innovators whose work has great potential to transform the world. Ferry has been recognized as a pioneer on the list for her work in the field of energy. As a 2016 honoree, Ferry will be featured in the September/October print magazine and is invited to attend the upcoming EmTech MIT conference on October 18-20, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Founded at MIT in 1899, MIT Technology Review is an independent media company whose mission is to equip audiences with the intelligence to understand and contribute to a world shaped by technology. Readers are a global audience of business and thought leaders, innovators and early adopters, entrepreneurs and investors. MIT Technology Review is first to report on a broad range of new technologies, informing our audiences about how important breakthroughs will impact their careers and lives. “Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we’re proud to add Vivian Ferry to this prestigious list.”

The objective of Ferry’s research is to improve the performance of photovoltaics by changing the way materials interact with sunlight. By incorporating nanostructures that confine, direct, and concentrate sunlight onto solar cells, her research is rethinking the requirements on materials for renewable energy, and enabling the use of low cost materials for high efficiency solar cell applications.

Ferry's work has shown that a judicious combination of luminescent material and light capturing nanostructures can be created to reduce light escape and reach record diffuse light concentration factors, which enables the use of smaller and less expensive solar cells. Furthermore, by manipulating the way that light propagates through these films, low toxicity and earth-abundant light emitters can be used to achieve high concentration factors. These luminescent solar concentrators may eventually be used to make high concentration optics that accept diffuse sunlight and are integrated into building windows, creating architectural and building integrated solar conversion systems.

Related Link: https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2016/pioneer/vivian-ferry/

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