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Big Ideas: Nanophononics Research

"Metamaterial" is a major breakthrough

Research Center Spotlight: CADSWES

Boosting water resource systems management

Spring 2014

New Projects - Spring 2014

Rajagopalan Balaji (CEAE) received a five-year NSF grant for $1M for “Collaborative Research: EaSM2-Linking Near Term Future Changes in Weather and Hydroclimate in Western North America to Adaptation for Ecosystem and Water Management.”

Chris Bowman (ChBE) received two five-year awards from NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for a total of $4.55M: “CU-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Reactions for Novel Dental Composite Materials,” and “Dental Composite Materials Based on Photoinitiated Thiol-Vinyl Sulfone Reactions.” He also received a $1.15M five-year award from the University of California, San Diego with prime sponsor DOD Army RDECOM for “Dynamic Artificial Cells Composed of Synthetic Bioorthogonal Membranes.”

Victor Bright (ME) and Co-PIs Steven George (Chemistry and ME) and YC Lee (ME) received $587K from DARPA for research on “Bolometer ALD.” 

Stephanie Bryant (ChBE) and Co-PI Franck Vernerey (CEAE) received $1.5M from NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for “Personalizing Matrix Assisted Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation.”

Alireza Doostan (AES) and Co-PIs Jay McMahon (AES),  Brandon Jones (AES), and Paul Sanchez Lana (AES) were awarded $497K from NASA for “Comprehensive Modeling of the Effects of Hazardous Asteroid Mitigation Techniques.”

Dejan Filipovic (ECEE) was awarded $699K from the Navy ONR for “High-power Subhyperband Antennas and Arrays.”

Richard Han (CS) and Co-PI Eric Keller (ECEE) received a $750K NSF four-year grant for “XPS: SDA: Elasticizing the Linux Operating System for the Cloud.”

Daven Henze (ME) received an $845K three-year grant from NASA Goddard for “Using Remote Sensing and Adjoint Modeling for Integration of Climate Impacts into Design of Ozone and Aerosol Control Strategies.”

Eric Keller (ECEE) was awarded a three-year, $500K NSF grant for “NeTS: Small: Liquid Networking.”

Y.C. Lee (ME) and Co-PI Victor Bright (ME) were awarded a $1.575M three-year grant from DOD Army ARL for “Wafer-Scale Integrated Micro Cryogenic Coolers.”

Michael Lightner (ECEE) and Co-PI Sarel van Vuuren (ICS) were awarded a $1.1M award from the University of Colorado Denver with the Department of Education as the prime sponsor for “Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers on Cognitive Rehabilitation Program RERC.”

Leysia Palen (CS) received a four-year award for $1.1M in collaboration with scientists from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research for “Hazards SEES Type 2: Hazard Prediction and Communication Dynamics in the Modern Information Environment.” The overall NSF award was for $3M. Co-PIs are Ken Anderson (CS), James Martin (CS) along with Martha Palmer (Linguistics).

Alexander Repenning (CS) and Co-PIs David Webb (Education) and Kris Gutierrez (Education) received a four-year NSF grant in the amount of $1.9M for “oDREAMS: Promoting Computational Thinking Through Game & Simulation Design.”

Wei Tan (ME) and Co-PI Stephanie Bryant (ChBE) were awarded a $1.8M award from NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for “Synthetic Mesenchymal Stem Cell Niches for Vascular Therapy.”

Alan Weimer (ChBE) received a $3.6M two-year DOE ARPA-E grant for “Low Cost Microtubular ALD Reactor System for Catalytic Reforming.”

Edith Zagona (CEAE CADSWES) received a $493K award from the DOI Bureau of Reclamation for “RiverWare Support Services.” She also received $747K from DOE for “Bonneville Power CV-STR Integrated Hydro Model.”

Research Metrics - Spring 2014

Congratulations to all of you! Please let us in the ADR office know how we can help you to maintain and expand your successful research programs.

Research Awards for FY 14 July-December

Research Proposals Submitted for FY 14 July-December

For a complete list of new projects, see the OCG Monthly Awards Report.

Research Center Spotlight: CADSWES

The Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems (CADSWES) engages in active research and development programs focusing on the creation of innovative tools and techniques for improving the management of water resource systems. Strategic research in climate change adaptation, modeling of multi-objective water resource systems, improved short- and long-term forecasting under hydrologic variability, and hydropower optimization advance the science of sustainable and integrated management and also provide a strong platform for graduate student education - building the next generation of sustainability-focused natural resource researchers and practitioners.

The center’s research and development team works closely with agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to understand and respond to decision support needs as they arise. Solutions such as the widely used RiverWare modeling software bring together leading edge information technologies, user-centered designs, and research discoveries to provide software tools used by numerous agencies, utilities, consultants, and research institutions and labs. The tools serve as a foundation for water system operations, water policy evaluation and analysis, water allocation and water rights administration, and long-term resource planning to support water conservation, ecosystem health, and balanced natural resource management. The center supports the extensive user community through training classes and user group meetings.

For more than 30 years, CADSWES has been a CU center for education and collaboration among researchers, agencies, faculty, and students in the development and application of decision support tools and the issues and methods of sustainable resource management.

Big Ideas: Nanophononics Research

Researchers at CU-Boulder’s phononics laboratory have discovered a way to clear a hurdle that even at the nanoscale represents a major problem in the field of thermoelectrics. The team, led by Mahmoud Hussein (AES), is working to develop a new type of material called "nanophononic metamaterial" (NPM). Unlike existing thermoelectric semiconductors, it stands to break the longstanding rule that reducing a material’s thermal conductivity also lowers its electrical conductivity. In a study published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Hussein demonstrates that nanotechnology could be used with thermoelectric materials to slow the heat transfer without impeding the flow of electricity.

Hussein and his team use a computer model to show that heat flow along a thin film of silicon can be drastically reduced by building an array of nanoscale pillars on top of it. Heat is carried through the material as a series of vibrations known as phonons. Atomic vibrations in the pillars interact with the vibrations of the phonons, slowing the flow of heat through the film. The team estimates that the heat reduction could be at least half. There are many practical applications to improving the thermoelectric energy conversion, including recapturing the waste heat emitted by different types of equipment and turning that heat into electricity, as well as improving the efficiency of solar panels and refrigeration devices.

> See the CU-Boulder news story

Technology Transfer News - Spring 2014

Boulder startup Cold Quanta, which grew out of decades of research by Dana Anderson (Physics and ECEE), was cited in a national report highlighting the success of university spinoff companies boosted by federally funded research. The company makes ultracold-matter systems simpler, more compact, and more practical through the applied research development of atom chip technology.
> Learn more

LineRate Systems, formed in 2008 by former Assistant Professor Manish Vachharajani (ECEE) and former CEAS graduate student John Giacomoni, was acquired by F5 Networks for $125M.
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CU’s Technology Transfer Office has completed an agreement with Solid Power LLC, a CU-Boulder spinoff company founded by Se-Hee Lee (ME) and Conrad Stoldt (ME) for the development and commercialization of an innovative solid-state rechargeable battery. The battery technology could double the range of electric cars.
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Nanoly Bioscience and the University of Colorado recently entered into an option agreement that will enable the company to develop a technique for protecting vaccines during delivery to rural and less-developed areas of the world. A research team led by Kristi Anseth (ChBE) developed a material that is being adapted to solve the vaccine transportation problem. Anseth’s group created a unique nano-polymer material that can be customized and blended with any vaccine to protect against thermal damage during transportation.
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Mark Hernandez (CEAE) developed an organic media that could be attached to carbon and bond to certain types of metals. This technology is now being tested by Tusaar Corp, a Lafayette-based startup, for its ability to aid in the cleanup of nuclear sites.
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How Can We Help?

The ADR office is now offering direct support for large and strategically significant proposals (more than $1M in annual funding), including proposal project management, strategic and compliance review, technical editing, and file management. To request support for an upcoming effort, contact Manager of Large Proposals Molly Riddell (303-492-9108).

NSF recently updated its Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG), effective for all proposals and awards as of Feb. 1, 2014. A summary of the changes is posted on the NSF page of the new CU/Google CEAS Research Opportunities Website. Use your CU IdentiKey credentials to access this site. If you have any problems, please contact Jeff Sczechowski.

NSF established a new demo site on its website for people who want to practice preparing their summary reports to NSF.

Research Development & Grant Writing News is a monthly newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations. Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC publishes this newsletter, which is available on our CEAS Research Opportunities Website website under the "Research Strategy and Analysis Reports" section. Recent articles cover:

  • NSF’s New Idea Labs and IUSE Program (STEM Education) (Feb 2104 and Dec 2013)
  • HHS Funding Programs beyond NIH (FDA, CDC, etc.) (Feb 2014)
  • Funding Your STEM Workforce Ecosystem (Jan 2014)
  • NIH Grant Writing for New Investigators (Jan 2014)
  • Transformed GRF and IGERT Mean New Metrics (Dec 2014)

For a complete list of topics covered in this newsletter, please see this link.

Research Compliance Reminders

Have you completed your 2014 Disclosure of External Professional Activities (DEPA)? To access the DEPA, please see the instructions on the COIC website.

ePERs Electronic Personnel Effort Reporting System: Each semester, an individual who has effort charged to a research grant or has committed cost share must certify the effort via the ePERs system. Please double check that you have certified your effort for Fall 2013 via the MyCUinfo portal. As principal investigator on the project, please check that graduate students have also certified their project effort.

Equipment on loan from the government: Do you have equipment loaned to you from a government agency for work on a research project? Has this equipment (no minimum value) been properly tagged with a non-CU property tag? If you have questions, please contact OCG Compliance Area: Rebecca Stossmeister (303-492-9167).

Contact Us

We welcome your feedback in general and encourage you to let us know how we can further help support your research programs. Contact our team:

Kurt Maute
Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Sczechowski
Assistant Dean for Research Opportunities

Linda Rose
Coordinator for Research Facilitation

Molly Riddell
Manager of Large Proposals

Hilary Maybee
Assistant to the Associate Dean for Research

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