By Memphis Business Journal

The University of Memphis is one of 10 state universities sharing a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation for solar conversion research. Oak Ridge National Labs also is getting a portion of the funds.

A research team of five University of Memphis professors will receive $1.2 million as part of the program, which focuses on research, mentoring and outreach related to solar energy technology. The award is part of the Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage Using Outreach, Research and Education (TN-SCORE) project, which is supported by NSF.

The professors are Yongmei Wang, Xuan Zhao and Tomoko Fujiwara from the Department of Chemistry, and Mohamed Laradji and Sanjay Mishra from the Department of Physics. The U of M faculty members will work with the TN-SCORE team to facilitate the consolidation and growth of science and technology related to all three areas. The professors and their students will also participate in training and outreach activities and work with other TN-SCORE labs on research in the three focus areas.

The TN-SCORE program focuses on advanced solar conversion and innovation, components and devices for energy storage and conversion, and nanostructures for enhancing energy efficiency.

⿿This type of collaborative research will allow our faculty to contribute their expertise in nanomaterials to help achieve the grant⿿s broader state and national goals,⿝ Andrew Meyers, U of M vice provost for research, said in a statement. ⿿The award will also provide our students with new educational opportunities in university- and industry-based research labs.⿝

Other universities receiving funds are Tennessee Technology University, Tennessee State University, King College, Middle Tennessee State University, Fisk University, UT Space Institute, UT Knoxville, Vanderbilt University and East Tennessee State University.

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