Ferry wins 2018 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship

Oct. 24, 2018 - Assistant Professor Vivian Ferry has been awarded the 2018 Stanford R. Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship by the American Physical Society (APS) for her research on developing improved photovoltaic systems using spectrally-selective photonic structures. The Ovshinsky Fellowship consists of $15,000, given to the awardee's institution by the American Physical Society for the purpose of the recipient's energy sustainability research. This fellowship is intended to recognize and offer seed funding for promising exploratory research aimed at energy sustainability, so that it may qualify for further support. Ferry will be honored at a recognition ceremony at an upcoming APS meeting.

Ferry's research focuses on light-matter interactions in nanoscale materials, and her specific research interests include light management in solar energy conversion, switchable metamaterials, and nanoscale chirality. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, and was named as one of Technology Review’s 35 Innovators under 35 in 2016. Ferry is also a McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

The Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship was established in 2013 by Stan's widow, Rosa Young Ovshinsky, and his children to recognize his inventive spirit in science and to honor his lifelong dedication and contributions to developing efficient energy conversion technologies to meet global energy needs. The fellowship is being created with the conviction that it is now more important than ever to develop efficient and low-cost energy conversion technologies (such as photovoltaic cells, hydrogen fuel cells, or rechargeable batteries) that do not rely on fossil fuels and so provide sustainable carbon-free energy to the growing world population.

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