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Toward Pervasive Nonlinear Optics

Presented by Garth Simpson, PhD on Apr. 3, 2018

The increasing availability of ultrafast laser sources provides ever broadening access to nontraditional light/matter interactions scaling nonlinearly with incident intensity, applications of which are described for addressing crystal analyses in structural biology and pharmaceutical sciences...more information on "Toward Pervasive Nonlinear Optics"


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MAD Seminar: The Secret Life of Nanoparticles

Presented by Don Baer, PhD on Feb. 1, 2018

Engineered nanoparticles can be designed to have behaviors and properties that are helping to advance treatment of diseases, improve water quality, enable advanced electronics and produce sustainable energy at low costs. However, nano-objects, present fundamental synthesis, characterization and handling challenges that are often ignored or unrecognized by parts of the scientific and technical community...more information on MAD Seminar


WWU Solar Team Wins Again!

Alaska Airlines Innovation Challenge

A team of students displays a large check for $15,0000

Nova Solar Glazing, Western Washington University’s team of business, chemistry, industrial design and electrical engineering students, was recently awarded the $15,000 Wells Fargo grand prize at the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) hosted by the University of Washington’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

“It was inspiring to see professionals – like investors and developers – react with so much enthusiasm about our project,” team leader Emily Bartlett (Broadlands, Virginia; Industrial Design) said.  “At the EIC, the team was able to talk about the final product and overall vision of our solar window, which was really validating to our efforts after spending months developing individual components.”

In concert with concurrent research on luminescent solar concentrators from Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC), the team developed an accessible, affordable, and practical insert for windows that effortlessly converts them into energy-producing solar windows.

Nova Solar Glazing, composed of nine students, was one of 21 student teams looking to solve environmental and cleantech problems though innovation at the University of Washington competition. They are the first team to win this competition that was not from the University of Washington. -- Read the full article on Western Today


Other AMSEC News

Oct. 18, 2016 -- AMSEC Hosts Students from Whatcom County as a part of Compass 2 Campus (C2C). Students visit the AMSEC laboratories to see science in action with hands-on activities. AMSEC enthusiastically greets students each fall to help pique their interest in science and college education. Learn more about C2C. See photos from the event.


Apr. 20, 2016 -- Scientists from four Pacific Northwest universities will partner to research an emerging technology for improving the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells, thanks to the support of a $240,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The innovative collaboration among the largely undergraduate institutions was initiated by the Murdock Trust to help advance the science on renewable energy and to build the capacity of smaller colleges to take a key role in important research. -- Read the full article on University of Puget Sound's website.


Aug. 19, 2015  -- WWU students develop ‘smart’ solar window -- Whatcom Magazine

A team of eight students — seven from Western Washington University and one from the University of Washington — are at the helm of a project that could revolutionize the future of windows. Read the full article on The Bellingham Herald


Apr. 13, 2015 -- EPA Awards $75,000 Grant for Solar Window -- A team of chemistry, engineering, design and business students at Western Washington University and University of Washington will gain a giant leap forward after the Environmental Protection Agency awarded them a $75,000 grant this past weekend. Read the full article on the grant.


Apr. 9, 2015 -- Students to Present Solar Window in D.C. -- Windows that collect solar energy? It's possible, and a team of Western Washington University students have built a prototype to prove it. They'll travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability.” Read the full article.