Physics Professor and Chair Mehmet Sahiner was part of a six-team effort to secure a grant by the Spanish National Research Council.
The Collaborative Research Grant Proposal, including six teams for the project titled "Nanostructured Doped Glasses for a New Generation of Devices-Photovoltaic and Lightwave Circuits (NanoGlass)," has been awarded the grant by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
This is a grant for research networking among distinguished research groups from:
- Argonne National Lab - Northwestern University Team, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- University of Tennessee Space Institure, Tennessee, USA
- Seton Hall University (PI- M.A. Sahiner), South Orange, NJ, USA
- Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM), Berlin, Germany
- Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors, USW, Germany
- Laser Processing Group (LPG), IO, CSIC., Madrid, Spain
The scientific collaboration will be centered on understanding the behavior of nanostructured transparent glass composites, also called glass-ceramics, and on harnessing this behavior for advanced photovoltaics (solar cells), sensing and lighting applications. The transparent glass-ceramics that will be investigated within this collaboration are formed by fluorine nanocrystals doped with rare-earth ions and embedded in glass oxide matrixes.
These structures are complex, and a key issue for obtaining an improved response and functionality is to achieve the control at the nanoscale of their composition and structure. This will require using advanced laser techniques for production and modification of the glasses, with the aim to produce materials with improved performance for the targeted applications. The results of this collaborative action will have a direct impact on the sustainable development goals to transform our world, as defined by the U.N.
Through this project, we aim to obtain affordable and clean energy by targeting more efficient photovoltaic technologies; to improve health and well-being by improving the image techniques for diagnosis; and to increase responsible consumption and production by fostering the use of laser technologies for processing (laser technologies are considered green because they reduce energy and water consumption). NanoGlass project will be the seed for the preparation of joint projects in future collaborative calls in Europe, and within collaborative USA-Europe actions.