The search for secret ingredients: University of Washington gets grant to invent new materials that could power the next big technology

September 28, 2017

Turning skyscrapers into giant solar panels. Making computers faster and data encryption more powerful.

With a $15.6 million, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation, those are some of the projects that researchers from the University of Washington plan to tackle.

The key to each: New materials, such as special window coatings that can absorb sunlight, and nanocrystals that can speed up computers.

With the money, the university will start a new, interdisciplinary center, called the Molecular Engineering Materials Center, to expand its research on new materials.

By Katherine Long Seattle Times higher education reporter