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Award Abstract #1229577

MRI: Acquisition of a Powder/Thin Film X-ray Diffractometer for Alternative Energy Research and Education

Division Of Materials Research
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Initial Amendment Date: September 1, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: June 28, 2013
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Award Number: 1229577
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Charles E. Bouldin
DMR Division Of Materials Research
MPS Direct For Mathematical & Physical Scien
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $271,189.00
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Investigator(s): Qiquan Qiao qiquan.qiao@sdstate.edu (Principal Investigator)
Hongshan He (Former Principal Investigator)
Lin Wei (Co-Principal Investigator)
David Galipeau (Co-Principal Investigator)
Cheng Zhang (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: South Dakota State University
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Brookings, SD 57007-0001 (605)688-6696
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Program Reference Code(s): 1189, 7237, 9150, 9161, AMPP
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Program Element Code(s): 1189, 9150


This award to South Dakota State University (SDSU) is for the acquisition of an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) system to advance alternative energy research and education. The system will enable thin film, variable temperature/atmosphere, reflectance, scattering, and powder refinement measurements. It will become a core research facility on the SDSU campus to support several NSF, NASA, DOE funded projects, including hybrid nanomaterials for efficient solar energy conversion, extremely thin absorber solar cells, growth of CdSe nanorods, crystalline low bandgap conjugated polymers for photovoltaic applications, and novel catalysts for biomass conversion. The instrument will be housed in the Center for Advanced Photovoltaics at SDSU with assigned space in a newly completed building, guaranteeing the instrument will be fully operational and remain at full capacity upon installation.

The acquisition of a state-of-the-art single-crystal X-ray diffractometer will substantially improve the research capability, competitiveness, and productivity of SDSU, and is expected to attract more researchers to this sparsely populated state. This tool will be integrated into SDSU's Center for Advanced Photovoltaics, an active research cluster that engages graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior investigators in materials research. Research enabled by this instrument is expected to generate a tremendous amount of information on the developed materials, advancing technology in cost-effective solar cells and alternative energy to meet our Nation's needs. The instrument will enable multiple academic departments to improve education by providing research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students. This project will also broaden participation in science and engineering research by incorporating the instrument into established outreach programs, such as the Success Academy and the South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair, to encourage high school, middle school, and Native American students to pursue careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.


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Swaminathan Venkatesan, Evan C. Ngo, Qiliang Chen, Ashish Dubey, Lal Mohammad, Nirmal Adhikari, Abu Farzan Mitul and Qiquan Qiao. "Benzothiadiazole based Polymer for Single and Double Junction Solar Cells with High Open Circuit Voltage," Nanoscale, v.6, 2014, p. 7093.


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