MSU’s Lunt Wins 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship

EAST LANSING — Richard Lunt, of the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship, a national prize from the American Physical Society to support research in energy sustainability.

The award, named for legendary Detroit inventor and entrepreneur Stanford R. Ovshinsky, encourages the development of low-cost technologies that do not rely on fossil fuels to provide carbon-free energy to the world’s growing population.

Lunt will receive the 2015 Ovshinsky Fellowship and be a featured speaker at an upcoming APS meeting.

Ovshinsky, who died in 2012, is credited with a range of important developments including advances in solar energy technology, digital memory, solid hydrogen storage, and the invention of the nickel-metal hydride battery. The fellowship was established in 2013 by his family in recognition of his inventive spirit and lifelong contributions toward the development of energy conversion technologies.

Lunt, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has won numerous awards in recent years for his work on renewable energy technologies, nanostructured devices, and transparent photovoltaics and solar concentrators.

Lunt’s list of recent awards include:
• 2015 MSU Innovation of the Year Award
• 2015 “35 Innovators Under 35 List” by the MIT Technology Review
• 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
• 2014 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award in Environmental Chemistry
• 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
• 2013 DuPont Young Professor Award

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