UB Chemist to Use Award to Develop Materials for Smart Windows and Next-Generation Computer Chips
Sarbajit Banerjee, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at the University at Buffalo, is one of 11 scholars in the U.S. who has been awarded a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.
The awards, which provide $75,000 to recipients, recognize early-career scientists who are leaders in integrating science teaching and research at leading U.S. research universities.
Banerjee will use the award to conduct research to better understand vanadium oxides, chemical compounds used in night-vision technologies and other applications. A major focus of his work is to adapt the compounds for use in "smart windows" that change color depending on temperature and as transistors for next-generation computer chips. Another focus involves trapping single nanowires of vanadium oxides, one-thousandth the size of a human hair, within device structures to measure individual nanowire conductivity.