February 24, 2018  

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Professor Receives Renewal Grant for Solar Cell Research

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Dr. Sarah Morgan

Dr. Sarah Morgan, an associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received a renewal grant from the prestigious Ray C. Anderson Foundation for her research project “Increasing Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency through Structures Inspired by Nature.”

The Anderson Foundation awarded grants in the first two quarters of 2013 totaling more than $600,000 in support of environmental initiatives and sustainability research. The grants reflect the organization’s goal of advancing the legacy of the late Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc. and known by many worldwide as a “pioneer for the environment.” Learn more about the foundation and the research it supports at www.raycandersonfoundation.org.

The goal of Morgan’s project is to increase the efficiency of solar cells to make them more viable, resulting in faster paybacks and greater market acceptance. The renewal grant from the Anderson Foundation provides $60,000 in funding for her research.

Morgan said the grant advances the project through the provision of stipends for students to perform research in sustainable energy while completing their degrees in polymer science and engineering. “We’re very excited to receive this grant to support our continued efforts toward making solar energy more efficient and economically viable,” she said.

Morgan is head of the Morgan Research Group in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Her research interests include Polymer surfaces and interfaces, nanostructured materials, bio-inspired polymers, nanocomposites, surface modification, natural and synthetic polymer surfaces and thin films, nanomechanical and nanotribological characterization.

“We’re proud for Dr. Morgan and her success in securing continued funding from the Anderson Foundation,” said. Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, interim director of the school. “She’s making a very substantial contribution in this field with her research.”

For information about the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, including degree programs and research, online visit www.usm.edu/polymer.