Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Three students in the College of Arts and Sciences have been chosen to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. UNC Student Scholarship, an award given annually to students who not only excel academically, but who embody King’s commitment to civil and human rights in their contributions to the community.
Researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at UNC have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries.
Chemist Joseph DeSimone is the recipient of the 2014 Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Medal.
The chair of the chemistry department and a Nobel Prize-winning genetics researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were honored with the General Alumni Association’s Faculty Service Award.
“You can also think of it as a river of wind,” he said. “Like everything in the atmosphere, the air in a polar vortex is in continual flux and changing. You can think of that state of flux as waves of air with crests and troughs,” Konrad explained.
We can always kill cancer cells, says medical physicist Sha Chang. Always. It doesn’t matter where the tumor is.
Researchers led by UNC chemist Tom Meyer have built a system that converts the sun’s energy not into electricity but hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use, allowing us to power devices long after the sun goes down.