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Sierra Sun-Times: New NASA-Affiliated Center Opening at UC Merced

June 16, 2015

NASA has awarded a group of researchers at the University of California, Merced, $5 million to establish the campus’s largest extramurally funded research and education center to date, designed to benefit current and future students and contribute to NASA’s missions.

School of Engineering, Professor Jennifer Lu, with colleagues Vincent Tung, Tao Ye, Sayantani Ghosh, Anand Subramaniam and Min Hwan Lee, proposed the Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) to harness the university’s strong nanomaterial-based research programs and help develop a pipeline for highly qualified workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Lu and her two senior co-investigators, Ye and Ghosh, plan to create new materials solutions enabling high-performance, reliable, compact and lightweight energy conversion, storage and sensing devices for NASA missions.