Chemist Jamie Neilson receives DOE early career award

Jamie Neilson, assistant professor in the College of Natural Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, has received a five-year, $750,000 research award from the Department of Energy.

Jamie NeilsonThe DOE’s Office of Science has selected Neilson, along with 48 other scientists from across the nation, to receive research funding through its Early Career Research Program. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional young scientists.

Neilson is a solid-state chemist who seeks to understand and control the formation of materials, along with their structures and properties – materials by design. His DOE project, “Informed Materials Design Principles from Local Structures and Dynamics in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Halides,” was selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

According to Neilson’s project proposal, hybrid inorganic-organic perovskite halides have the potential to revolutionize functional semiconducting materials for energy-conversion technologies. However, new materials design principles are needed for precisely tailored, energy-relevant properties, and that’s where he will focus his work.

“I am very excited about this research, and I am excited to continue collaborations with scientists at DOE national laboratories and user facilities to understand these paradigm-shifting materials,” Neilson said.