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Argonne program supports exceptional early career researchers

Five outstanding Argonne researchers selected for 2021 cohort

The Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has announced the awardees for the 2021 PSE Early Investigator Named Award program.

The program is designed to support exceptional early career researchers at Argonne as they break into their fields. Awardees receive funding, mentorship and additional support to conduct ground-breaking research aligned with Argonne’s strategic mission.

The 2021 cohort of awardees include:

Andrew Hearin, High Energy Physics (HEP)

  • Proposal title: AI-accelerated discovery of dark energy physics with LSST, DESI, and CMB-S4 cross-correlations”
  • Mentor: Katrin Heitmann (HEP)

Pietro Papa Lopes, Materials Science (MSD)

  • Proposal title: Regenerative electrosynthesis of metal oxide materials for intercalation-based energy storage”
  • Mentor: John Mitchell (MSD)

Michael Servis, Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE)

  • Proposal title: Critical phenomena in liquid-liquid extraction”
  • Mentor: Ahmet Uysal (CSE)

Jie Xu, Nanoscience and Technology (NST)

  • Proposal title: Autonomously controlling the assembly of electronic functional polymers far- from-equilibrium”
  • Mentors: Maria Chan (NST) and Elena Shevchenko (NST)

Jake Zappala, Physics (PHY)

  • Proposal title: Developments in helium atom trap trace analysis for fundamental neutron experiments”
  • Mentor: Peter Mueller (PHY)

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