2016 I-CARES Research Projects

Posted by Kelly Wiese Niemeyer June 7, 2016


The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) at Washington University in St. Louis has named the funding recipients of its 2016 call for proposals.

The 2016 cohort will join an active cadre of researchers on campus conducting innovative and collaborative research in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and sustainability.

This year, I-CARES has awarded 11 projects involving 31 researchers from four Washington University schools and eight partner organizations, including two McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner universities. Washington University faculty hail from Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Medicine, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Sam Fox School faculty are involved with the following funded projects for 2016:

- Chandler Ahrens, assistant professor of architecture, and Roger Chamberlain, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, for research titled "Catoptric Surface, Active Image-Forming Daylight Harvesting."

- Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Su Huang, research assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, and Hongxi Yin, I-CARES Associate Professor in the Sam Fox School, for research titled "Aerosol Assisted Scalable Fabrication for Efficient, Stable and Flexible Perovskite Photovoltaic Cells."

- Catalina Freixas, assistant professor of architecture, and Arye Nehorai, the Eugene and Martha Lohman Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, for research titled "Metamorphic Cities: A Computational Approach to Sustainability."

- Hongxi Yin, I-CARES Associate Professor in the Sam Fox School, Bruce Lindsey, dean of architecture and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration, Ming Qu, associate professor in the School of Engineering at Purdue University, and Mark Justman, vice president of market development at the Portland Cement Association, for research titled "A Human Computer Interactive (HCI) Design-Supporting Tool for Energy-Efficient precast Sustainable Buildings."

Visit the I-CARES website to see the full list of winning projects and faculty members.

Including this year's awardees, I-CARES has now supported 186 researchers working on 105 projects.

Research funded by I-CARES has led to exhibitions, patents, scholarly publications, new collaborations, and provided meaningful research opportunities to students.

The program also has generated seed pilot data for successful federal grants. The pilot projects have leveraged institutional support to help bring in more than $30 million in supplemental research support.