Science & Technology

FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems to partner with City of Tallahassee on power grid research

Florida State University will join the City of Tallahassee and other research partners on a U.S. Department of Energy project to improve integration of solar panels into electrical grids. The project, which is funded by a $3.8 million grant from DOE as well as $1.8 million from FSU and other research partners, will develop cutting-edge […]

FSU researchers investigate how face shape affects COVID-19 mask performance

Face masks are helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but researchers believe they can be made even more effective, something that has implications far beyond the current pandemic as masks could become a more commonly used public health intervention. Kourosh Shoele, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College […]

Research assistant VP named to National Academy of Inventors

In recognition of his decades-long contributions to the biomedical field both through academia and the corporate world, Assistant Vice President for Research Eric Holmes has been named to the National Academy of Inventors. “We are thrilled for Dr. Holmes to receive this distinction,” said Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. “Dr. Holmes is always thinking about inventive ways to transfer […]

FSU chemistry professor uses old materials to make newer, better solar cells

A Florida State University research team is mixing the old with the new to create a more stable solar cell. Professor of Chemistry Biwu Ma and his team published a new study that shows if you add a layer of ancient organic pigment to a perovskite solar cell, it increases the stability and efficiency of the cell. The study is published in […]

New clues shed light on importance of Earth’s ice sheets

Researchers examining subglacial waters both from Antarctica and Greenland found that these waters have higher concentrations of important, life-sustaining elements than previously thought, answering a big unknown for scientists seeking to understand the Earth’s geochemical processes. “The data from an Antarctic lake is particularly exciting,” said Florida State University postdoctoral fellow Jon Hawkings. “Most people […]

Making the best decision: Math shows diverse thinkers equal better results

Whether it is ants forming a trail or individuals crossing the street, the exchange of information is key in making everyday decisions. But new Florida State University research shows that the group decision-making process may work best when members process information a bit differently. Bhargav Karamched, assistant professor of mathematics, and a team of researchers published a new study today, that tackles how groups make decisions and the dynamics that make for […]

FAMU-FSU Engineering student awarded esteemed fellowship from U.S. Department of Energy

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering doctoral student has earned a prestigious fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Virginia Phifer was one of 52 graduate students nationwide selected for the DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate students to conduct part of their thesis […]

FSU researcher leads international project on how tropical clouds change with climate

A Florida State University climate scientist is leading an international project aimed at generating a better understanding of the role tropical clouds play in a warming climate. Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is the lead organizer of the 41-member project, which is simulating how clouds could […]

Greenhouse effect of clouds instrumental in origin of tropical storms

Better storm track prediction over the past few decades has allowed for timely preparation and evacuations but understanding how these storms form and intensify remains a challenge for scientists. A Florida State University researcher was part of an international team studying the origin of tropical cyclones that found an infrared radiative feedback from clouds accelerates storm development. Deep clouds that […]

FSU researchers investigate material properties for longer-lasting, more efficient solar cells

The designers of solar cells know their creations must contend with a wide range of temperatures and all sorts of weather conditions — conditions that can impact their efficiency and useful lifetime. Florida State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus and former FSU postdoctoral researcher Sarah Wieghold are helping to understand the […]

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering student receives NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

A biomedical engineering student in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has received a new predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Shannon Helsper was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award. She’ll receive $112,288 over the course of three years […]

2020 FSU Dirac Lectures to include Nobel Prize-winning physicist

The Florida State University Department of Physics will host the 2020 Dirac Lectures virtually from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, including a special public lecture by Rainer Weiss, a 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on gravitational waves. The FSU Department of Physics organizes the Dirac Lectures to […]