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Renewable Energy Research at the Colorado School of Mines

Primary Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Affiliation: Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC)
City: Golden
State: CO
Job Duration: May 31, 2010 to August 6, 2010
Class Requirement: Primarily intended for undergraduate students who will not complete their undergraduate degree until December 2010 or later.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Renewable Energy
Description: The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC) REU program invites exceptional undergraduate math, science, and engineering students to participate in a ten-week summer research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy.  These highly interdisciplinary studies focus on multiple areas that are open to all materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science majors.
Stipend: $4500
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/15/2010
Job Website: http://remrsec.mines.edu/reu.htm
Additional Information: 3 Research Focus Areas

The Colorado School of Mines has established the first NSF-funded research center dedicated solely to renewable energy.  Working in close collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Center tackles three very important scientific and engineering problems in the renewable energy field:

1)  Materials for Next-Generation Photovoltaics  

Unique nanoscale materials have the potential to provide more efficient, less expensive photovoltaic devices.  The REMRSEC group designs and conducts experiments that focus on engineering particles into nanoscale materials that optimize the conversion of solar radiation into electrical current.  Computer simulations support these experimental approaches in the Center's labs.  

2)  Advanced Membranes for Energy Applications

Contemporary ion-conducting membranes are a weak link in fuel cell performance.  To improve  electrochemical energy storage and conversion, the Center fabricates novel, composite membranes by combining materials together with dramatically different ionic transport characteristics.  These advanced membrane designs may enhance the production of hydrogen or alternative liquid fuels and improve the generation of electricity in fuel cells.

3)  Energy Storage in Clathrate Hydrate Materials

Innovation in energy storage is critical to the expansion of renewable technologies.  Clathrates are a special class of solid materials whose crystalline structures contain large, open cages capable of storing large, concentrated quantities of gas produced through renewable processes.  REMRSEC researchers are studying two types of clathrate compounds as potential materials for hydrogen and methane gas storage.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Stephanie Pomponio - REMRSEC Program Assistant
REMRSEC REU 2010 Summer Program at the Colorado School of Mines
920 15th Street, Hill Hall 311
Golden, CO 80401
Email: spomponi@mines.edu
Phone: (303) 273-3756
Secondary Contact: Chuck Stone - REMRSEC REU Summer Program Director
Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Email: cstone@mines.edu
Phone: (303) 273-3762