CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Ryou, Jae-Hyun

Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. Student Brings Home Poster Prize

Award winner at the conference: Sara Pouladi (2nd from left) with (from left) Thomas Vandervelde of Tufts University, Emily Warren of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Kyle Montgomery of the Air Force Research Laboratory

Doctoral candidate Sara Pouladi won the Best Poster Award for her work on thin film solar cells at the 44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Washington D.C.

Titled “Flexible GaAs single-junction solar cells based on single-crystal-like thin-film materials directly grown on metal tapes," the work offers that III-V compound semiconductor materials are the top candidates for thin-film photovoltaics.

“Bend” and “Flex” No Longer Just Terms for Exercise, They’ll Soon Describe Your Laptop!

Flexible glass tape, the basis for building flexible computers

Tired of lugging that heavy laptop in your padded backpack? Here’s an idea: When you’re finished using your laptop, just roll it up, fold it, stick it in your back pocket and bolt. That’s the incredible future being created in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory – a flexible, thin-film transistor (TFT) that may one day make your current laptop a dinosaur.

Engineering Professor Earns Grant to Pursue Energy-Saving Semiconductors

Silicon, despite inefficiencies, has been an effective electrical energy conversion and control material for hybrid-electric vehicles and numerous other power electronics. However, the semiconductor is reaching its physical limits in many important applications, such as next-generation electric vehicles and smart grid systems.

Engineering Research Aims to Build a Better Light Bulb

Mechanical engineering faculty member Jae-Hyun Ryou is researching ways to make LEDs more efficient at high current levels. Above is a green LED Ryou created as part of this research.

Most people just aren’t willing to pay $30 for a light bulb.

That’s the going rate for many LEDs, or light emitting diodes, which now sit on store shelves next to the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and traditional incandescent bulbs.

ConocoPhillips Donates Over $1 Million to UH

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Continuing its commitment to education at the University of Houston, ConocoPhillips is donating $1 million to UH’s growing Energy Research Park (ERP) and $125,000 to various engineering, science and business programs.