NW IMPACT (Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology)

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James De Yoreo wins prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Award

NW IMPACT founding co-director, James De Yoreo, has been named a 2020 Distinguished Scientist Fellow by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, press release. This award recognizes and rewards "particularly eminent and accomplished" scientists with emphasis on "research through collaborations between institutions of higher education and national laboratories." Jim has been instrumental in establishing collaborative research between UW and PNNL, including the UW-led Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS), and the PNNL/UW NW IMPACT. Scientifically, the DOE recognized Jim for "transformational discoveries that have reshaped our understanding of materials synthesis." He will be awarded $1 million in funding from DOE to pursue further research of his own choosing.

NW IMPACT team leads new Energy Frontier Research Center

Funding to establish the Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS) was announced on June 29, 2018 by the U.S. Department of Energy. CSSAS, led by UW, is an Energy Frontier Research Center whose mission is to "harness the complex functionality of hierarchical materials by mastering the design of high-information-content macromolecular building blocks that predictively self-assemble into responsive, reconfigurable, self-healing materials, and direct the formation and organization of inorganic components." The Center is a close collaboration of UW, PNNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Chicago. Francois Baneyx, Vice Provost for Innovation at UW, is the director of CSSAS.

The founding co-director of NW IMPACT, Jim De Yoreo, serves as the deputy director. The collaborative effort leading to CSSAS was enabled by NW IMPACT (UW press release), which funded an initial project on Engineering Sequence-Defined Polymers for Controlled Formation of Hybrid Materials. This collaborative project was led by Chun-Long Chen at PNNL and Francois Baneyx at UW.

Quantum Materials are the focus of a new Energy Frontier Research Center.

Xiaodong Xu leads the UW contribution to a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) entitled Programmable Quantum Materials. The mission of this center, led by Columbia University, is "To discover, characterize, and deploy new forms of quantum matter controllable by gating, magnetic proximity and nano-mechanical manipulation." Xu is a joint appointee with UW and PNNL, and he is the UW principle investigator on a NW IMPACT funded project on New Quantum Phenomena by Combining 2D Materials with Complex Oxides. Scott Chambers is the PNNL lead on this project. Other UW NW IMPACT project members Daniel Gamelin, Jiun-Haw Chiu, David Cobden join Xu as researchers on the EFRC.

David Ginger elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

NW IMPACT founding co-director, David S. Ginger, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is recognized for his pioneering research in "the application of scanning probe and multimodal microscopy to study the optoelectronic properties of thin film semiconductor materials including organic semiconductors, quantum dots, and halide perovskites." His election was announced July 13, 2018, and he was formally inducted into the Academy at its annual meeting on September 13, 2018, at the Seattle Museum of Flight (UW press release). Prof. Ginger holds the title of Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry at UW. In addition to being a founding co-director of NW IMPACT, he is the Chief Scientist for the UW Clean Energy Institute.

NW IMPACT team lands Army Research Office funding for biomimetic growth of plasmonic nanomaterials.

A collaborative team of researchers from the PNNL and UW has been awarded a three year grant from the Army Research Office (ARO), with the aim of using specialized biomimetic polymers to control the formation of plasmonic nanostructures. PNNL's Chun-Long Chen has shown that sequence defined macromolecules called peptoids can direct the morphological growth of inorganic gold nanoparticles, creating highly branched structures with plasmonic properties. The ARO research grant will elucidate the more fundamental principles by which peptoids control the growth and morphology of plasmonic nanomaterials, inspired by the way biominerals form in nature. The founding co-director of NW IMPACT, Jim De Yoreo, will lead the in situ imaging efforts, and Jim Pfaendtner, chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at UW, will lead computational studies to complement materials synthesis efforts. The formation of this collaborative team was facilitated by NW IMPACT (UW Press release), which funded an initial project on Engineering Sequence-Defined Polymers for Controlled Formation of Hybrid Materials.

News and Events in Brief

NW IMPACT Co-director James De Yoreo receives Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the 2020 Distinguished Scientist Fellow awards on July 22, 2020. James De Yoreo was one of three recipients. He will receive one million dollars in funding for research of his choice. News release.

NW IMPACT collaborative team receives ARO funding for biomimetic growth of plasmonic nanostructures
A collaborative team of researchers from the PNNL and UW has been awarded a three year grant from the Army Research Office (ARO), with the aim of using specialized biomimetic polymers to control the formation of plasmonic nanostructures. UW announced this award on August 1, 2018. The ARO research grant will elucidate the more fundamental principles by which peptoids control the growth and morphology of inorganic materials, inspired by the way biominerals from in nature. The formation of this collaborative team was facilitated by NW IMPACT. The research team includes PNNL's Chun-Long Chen, chair of the UW Chemical Engineering Department Jim Pfaendtner, and founding co-director of NW IMPACT, Jim De Yoreo.

NW IMPACT Co-director David Ginger elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
The election of Prof. David S. Ginger, founding co-director of NW IMPACT, to the Washington State Academy of Sciences was announced was announced July 13, 2018. He has been recognized for his pioneering work on "the application of scanning probe and multimodal microscopy to study the optoelectronic properties of thin film semiconductor materials including organic semiconductors, quantum dots, and halide perovskites." News Release

NW IMPACT team leads new Energy Frontier Research Center
Funding to establish the Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS) was announced on June 29, 2018 by the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy Frontier Research Center, led by UW. Jim De Yoreo of PNNL, a founding director of NW IMPACT, is the deputy director. The collaborative effort leading to CSSAS was enabled by NW IMPACT. News Release The Center is a close collaboration of UW, PNNL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Chicago.

Quantum Materials are the focus of a new Energy Frontier Research Center
Xiaodong Xu leads the UW contribution to a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) entitled Programmable Quantum Materials. The U.S. Department of Energy announced funding to establish this EFRC, led by Columbia University, on June 29, 2018.

NW IMPACT selects two proposal teams for initial funding
Following a competitive proposal call for collaborative research proposals, NW IMPACT awarded funding for two initial projects in April 2018. These were "Engineering Sequence-Defined Polymers for Controlled Formation of Hybrid Materials", by Chun-Long Chen (PNNL) and Francois Baneyx (UW); and "New Quantum Phenomena by Combining 2D Materials with Complex Oxides." Xiaodong Xu (UW) and Scott Chambers (PNNL).

NW IMPACT formally launched in January 2018
The Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT) was formally launched during a ceremony Jan. 31, 2018 at the PNNL campus in Richland, Washington. News Release The Institute is a joint research collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington, initiated by these institutions to facilitate collaborative teams doing research in materials science and technology.