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Nicole Pfiester Latham awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 3, 2014

Nicole Pfiester Latham, a second year graduate student in the Tufts Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Nicole's work focusses on the use of metamaterials to create a selective thermal emitter to enhance thermophotovoltaic efficiencies, opening up the possibility of harnessing energy from lower temperature sources like cars or body heat. The unique properties of metamaterials allows us to tailor the radiated spectrum from the emitter to the source temperature, maximizing the amount of useful photons while minimizing photodiode heating.