Cummins Partners with UC San Diego on Second-Life Battery Development

August 27, 2019

Cummins Inc. today announced a multi-year partnership with the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and its battery validation lab to analyze viable business and technical approaches to effectively reuse and repurpose electric vehicle batteries.  Read more.

Jan Kleissl Becomes CER's New Director!

July 1, 2019


Jan Kleissl Receives Jacobs School of Engineering, Faculty of the Year Award

May 31, 2019

Nominated by graduating seniors at JSOE, Jan was selected for his level of engagement, helpfulness and clarity of instruction.  This honor will be acknowledged at the 2019 Ring Ceremony.  There, the Dean of the School of Engineering will present Jan with his award.  The Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at 7:30PM at Warren Mall.  Congrats Jan!

Data science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs

May 22, 2019

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23 new candidates for LEDs. Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties.

The team was led by Kesong Yang, and used computational tools, data mining and data screening techniques to discover new hybrid halide materials beyond perovskites that are stable and lead-free. “We are looking past perovskite structures to find a new space to design hybrid semiconductor materials for optoelectronics.” Yang said.

The team published their findings on May 22, 2019 in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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Congratulations to Shirley Meng for being the recipient of the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Science & Engineering

April 5, 2019

The Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards program celebrates educators who believe in the extraordinary. These faculty members redefine the concept of “learning,” bringing unrivaled commitment, boundless energy, and daring exploration to their roles as leaders on campus and within the community.  

On Apr. 18, six outstanding UC San Diego faculty members, including CER's Shirely Meng, will be honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community.  Congratulations, Dr. Meng!

Read more. Or check out the UC San Diego News Center annoucement.


Paper highlighted in AIP Physics of Plasmas: "Validation of the model for ELM suppression with 3D magnetic fields using low torque ITER baseline scenario discharges in DIII-D"

April 1, 2019

The paper was selected as part of the Editor's Selection, which highlights especially noteworthy advancements in the application of scientific computing to verify and/or validate codes and analytical models aimed at understanding and predicting plasma behavior.  These articles have been made free to read and share for a limited time.

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CER Outreach Team Participated in the Expanding Your Horizons Event with the Workshop “Electrifying your world!”

March 23, 2019

The workshop included hands-on-presentations on basic properties of electric and magnetic fields and how knowing those properties one can put the energy of those fields to work. As in previous years, every participant  built a small electric motor from scratch. This time, we spent less time on introductory lecture and more time on demonstrations.

Participants of the “Electrifying your world!” workshop:
Marlene Patino (UCSD)
Kelly Garcia (UCSD)
Raymond Seraydarian (former UCLA)
Stefan Prestrelski (Torrey Pines High School)
Igor Bykov (UCSD)

Many thanks to all the off-site members of the team Rick Moyer, Dmitry Orlov, and of course Saikat!


Ionization injection of highly-charged copper ions for laser driven acceleration from ultra-thin foils

January 24, 2019

A new article from the Beg laboratory was published in Nature's Scientific Reports. The article detailed a computational study led by Dr. Jun Li , Dr. Chris McGuffey, Prof. Alexey Arefiev, and Prof. Farhat Beg of the Center for Energy Research and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. It demonstrated the generation of quasi-monoenergetic (up to 400 MeV) and high-charge copper ions in the interaction of ultra-intense (1021 W/cm2) and short (34 fs) laser pulse with thin (20-150 nm) copper foils. The simultaneity of field ionization with ion acceleration, which we call ionization injection, is shown to be the key to the generation of high-quality ion beams in such interactions. This study offers a promising, novel mechanism to produce energetic, high-charge ion bunches for future research. This work was performed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Naval Research Laboratory. The HPC resources were provided by the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). More.


Focused proton beams for fast ignition

January 24, 2019

In a new article featured in Laserlab Forum written by Adam Higginson, a postdoctoral researcher in Farhat Beg's lab, discusses laser research in fusion energy.  

"Researchers from British Laserlab-Europe partners the University of Strathclyde and the Central Laser Facility (CLF) have used the petawatt-class Orion laser system in the UK to produce tightly focused beams of protons, using novel shaped targets, to assess physics relevant to Inertial Confinement Fusion and to develop laserdriven proton heating for high energy density physics." More.

Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur Receives UC San Diego's 2018 Inclusive Excellence Award

January 24, 2019

The November 2018 announcement of the awards program invited and encouraged nominations to recognize those faculty, staff, students, departments, and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. A review committee comprised of representatives from the Executive Vice Chancellor and all Vice Chancellor areas evaluated nominations and recommended award recipients.

A ceremony will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at Price Center West Ballroom to recognize the recipients.  Learn more about the award.


CER Outreach at Fleet Science Center 2019 - On Local News!

January 15, 2019

CER Outreach members attended the Fleet Science Center's 2019 High Tech Fair at Balboa Park (January 17, from 5-8 p.m.).  At this event, students in grades 7-12 learn about opportunities available to them as they pursue a career within a scientific field in San Diego. The science that students learn in the classroom is complemented with real-life applications through interactive experiences provided by participating local STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related industries.  CER member, Saikat Thakur, talks about high energy density science on the segement.


UCSD Fuel Cell Team Demonstrated Record Performance for Zirconia-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

January 10, 2019

The UCSD Fuel Cell Team recently demonstrated the best cell performance for zirconia-based solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) at reduced temperatures (600oC-650oC vs. present operating temperatures of 750oC-800oC). Peak power densities of ~2 W/cm2 and 1.7 W/cm2 were achieved with hydrogen fuel at 650oC and 600oC, respectively. The SOFC exhibiting these extraordinary performances is a thin-film multilayer structure fabricated by a sputtering process developed by the team. More. 


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