Materials assistant professors Angela Pitenis and Raphaële Clément are the latest UC Santa Barbara engineering junior faculty to receive Early CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is regarded as the NSF’s most prestigious award for assistant professors and recognition that they are effectively integrating innovative research and education.
In Clément’s project, which has a start date in March 2022 and is titled “High-Resolution NRM for Paramagnetic Sodium Electrodes,” she will seek to discover new classes of sodium-cathode materials for high-energy density batteries. Pitenis’s project, which has already started to receive funding from NSF, is an investigation into the dynamics of fragile interfaces with a long-term goal of creating low-friction interfaces for soft biomedical devices. More detailed stories on their individual projects will be published in the coming weeks on the COE website. read more