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Distinguished Professor Riman Elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Richard E. Riman, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The Academy announced its 2016 Fellows on December 13.  The Academy's fellows include more than 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities, as well as 28 Nobel Laureates.

“Professor Riman’s research in materials science has resulted in two promising start-up companies and has real potential for positively impacting the concrete and ceramics industries,” said Christopher J. Molloy, senior vice president for research and economic development at Rutgers. “Forward-thinking science like this is important for economic future and we are pleased that Professor Riman is receiving such a prestigious national recognition.” Read more.

Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award Presented to Prof. Laura Fabris

Dr. Fabris, associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and a REI member, was recently awarded the Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award, for her outstanding contributions to her field, for her excellence in teaching and mentoring her students, and for her service within the university and her profession.  Read more

"America Converges Here" features REI intern Jacob Kupferberg

Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) undergraduate summer intern Jacob Kupferberg is featured prominently in RU’s “America Converges Here” video for his work in the Chhowalla Nano-materials & Devices Group. 


Jacob Kupferbergy was awarded a REI summer internship in 2016 for his project titled: MoS2 Cocatalyst on reduced Grapene Oxide Fibers for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.  

“REI has been a major education and research catalyst for activities in my group… This has led to transformational breakthroughs.”  said Dr. Manish Chhowalla, Professor, Associate Department Chair, of Materials Science and Engineering. 

To learn more about the Nano-materials & Devices Group research on graphene-based thin film electronic devices, click here.


Professor Manish Chhowalla is elected to class of 2017 MRS Fellows

Dr. Manish Chhowalla,  Professor (& Director of “Nanotechnology for Clean Energy” NSF IGERT Program), Materials Science and Engineering, and REI member, has been elected to the class of 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellows. According to MRS: "The title of MRS Fellow honors those MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, world-wide. The maximum number of new Fellow appointments each year is limited to 0.2% of the current MRS regular membership. Thus, the distinction is highly selective. We are fortunate to have received a large number of excellent nominations each year, which always makes the work of the selection committee extraordinarily demanding, but reflects very positively on the Fellow program, as well as on MRS."

Position Announcement: Research Assistantship in Agricultural Economics

Position Announcement:  Research Assistantship in Agricultural Economics

We seek an undergraduate or graduate student to work on a new project on the introduction of alternative technologies to ammonia production with Prof. Gal Hochman, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, in collaboration with Prof. Alan Goldman, Department of Chemistry and Prof. Frank Felder, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The likelihood and scale of direct nitrogen reduction technologies depends on the cost of the new method relative to that of current practices or future alternatives. To this end, we developed a model that compares the techno-economics, sustainability, and energy use of direct nitrogen reduction to other alternatives and to the current route to synthetic fertilizers. The next step of this project includes the adding of renewable energy sources, intermittency, and the possibility of decentralizing the production of synthetic fertilizer production.  We will use numerical model, combined with real data to quantify the impacts of the various technologies and assess their economic impact – both in terms of efficiency and distribution. We also plan on better understanding barriers to the adoption of this technology.

The candidate will work closely with Prof. Hochman to: develop the numerical model and perform statistical analysis on the work Prof. Goldman and his team are doing. Salary will be hourly and commensurate with the skill and educational level of the candidate. The project will run for three years and pays $8,000 per year. The project plan is to have the model running within year one and the analysis completed by the end of the third year.

Job Requirements:  Excellent programming abilities, interest in the topic, and excellent communication skills in English.  A strong background in economics would be beneficial, but not a requirement. 

For consideration, please send a Resume, Personal Statement (1-2 pages), and an unofficial transcripts to Prof. Gal Hochman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.