ORaCEL faculty and its partners at NCSU, UNC-CH and NCCU were awarded $2,829,994 by the University of North Carolina General Administration to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state.
NC Carbon Materials Initiative: Materials Design, Processing, and Manufacturing for Defense and Energy Needs:
Carbon electronics may offer new opportunities to address energy, defense, and manufacturing challenges. Traditional silicon-based materials are rapidly approaching their fundamental limits in terms of miniaturization and capacity. The work of Professor Ade and his colleagues will focus on carbon materials characterization and manufacturing. Investigators envision fundamental science advances that will open the door to revolutionary computing approaches, truly renewable energy sources, and self-sustaining systems such as self-powered greenhouses and integrated solar cell/algae growth ponds.