Announcing the 2017 Recipients of the Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy



The 2017 Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy will be shared by ECE graduate students Guangyuan Li and Navila Alim.

Guangyuan Li, an ECE PhD student working with Professor Yicheng Lu, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy. Guangyuan will receive $3,500 in support of his project entitled “Interface Engineering for MgZnO High Voltage Thin Film Transistors on Glass for Inverters in Photovoltaic Systems”. Guangyuan's research focuses on semiconductor material growth using MOCVD and its corresponding characterizations to improve the performance of Thin Film Transistors (TFTs). He just received his MS degree at Rutgers in May 2017, and obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 2015.

Navila Alim, who is pursuing the MS-PhD in the ECE Department with Professor Yicheng Lu, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy. Navila will receive $1,500 in support of her project “Transparent Flexible Thin Film Transistor with High-K Dielectric Layer for Solar Inverters used in Photovoltaic Systems”. Navila's research focuses on the high blocking voltage and low leakage current that can be demonstrated on flexible thin-film-transistors by using a High-K dielectric stacking layer. The flexible high-voltage thin-film-transistor can be integrated with a photovoltaic system as an inverter for solar cells a flexible system. The ductile High-K dielectric layer will allow bending of the low-cost inverter needed for a self-powered energy management component of wearable electronic devices.

Congratulations Guangyuan and Navila!

Special thanks to the scholarship committee of Sigrid McAfee, Kristin Dana and Mehdi Javanmard for their work in the selection process.