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MAE assistant professor selected as Powe Award recipient

Jian "Javen" Lin poses by the Columns with his research team.

Jian “Javen” Lin, seen third from the right with his research team, was selected as one of 35 recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award out of 134 applicants by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Photo courtesy of Jian “Javen” Lin.

Jian “Javen” Lin wasted no time making a good first impression as a University of Missouri College of Engineering researcher and faculty member.

The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently selected Lin, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, as one of 35 recipients of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award out of 134 applicants.

The goal of Lin’s project is to develop a new scalable, one-step process through which a laser carves 3D graphene-based materials from commercial polymers. These advanced materials will be explored for applications in renewable energy conversion and storage.

Additionally, Lin’s group will investigate how the conversion takes place in various graphene composites under these extreme conditions by both computational and experimental approaches.

“This proposed work is well aligned with the mission of Oak Ridge National Lab in developing advanced materials for renewable energy.” Lin said.

The ORAU Ralph Powe Award is competitively given to researchers in their first two years of an independent career with an ORAU member university. MU office of research matches the $5,000 award from ORAU. Lin started his assistant professorship in August 2014.

“One of the major impacts of this award is that it provides seed funding to me for further development of this idea,” Lin said. “It will also expand my collaboration network with leading researchers early in my career, thereby allowing me to develop interdisciplinary research areas.”