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Seed Grants

The TomKat Center has funded 21 early stage, exploratory research projects by Stanford faculty in sustainable energy. These "seed grants" can be divided into four aspects of electricity and transportation: generation and conversion; storage, transmission and grid management; energy, food, water and environment nexus; and policy and economics. To learn about the projects, choose a filter below or select "Any" to see the full list of TomKat Center seed grant projects.

Funding Year Research Title Principal Investigators
2015 Electrostatically Achieving Record Low Work Functions for Efficient Thermionic Energy Conversion

David Goldhaber-Gordon, Physics and, by courtesy, Applied Physics; Nick Melosh, Materials Science and Engineering and Photon Science

2014 Low-cost Polymer Materials for Efficient Waste Heat Reclamation

Zhenan Bao, Chemical Engineering; Kenneth Goodson, Mechanical Engineering

2013 Making Large Wind Farms More Productive, Less Expensive

Sanjiva K. Lele, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Mechanical Engineering; John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering

2013 Junctionless Solar Cell for Enabling Third-Generation Photovoltaics

Krishna Saraswat, Electrical Engineering

2012 Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle

Shanhui Fan, Electrical Engineering

2011 Upconverter-Enhanced Molecular Photovoltaics: Towards Cost-Effective, Broadband Solar-Energy Conversion

Jennifer Dionne and Michael McGehee, Materials Science and Engineering

2011 Market-Based Valuation of Ecosystem Services for Competitive Large-Scale Solar Power Generation

Michael Lepech and David Freyberg, Civil and Environmental Engineering; John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering; Stefan Reichelstein, Graduate School of Business