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Toyota Announces Recipients of Green Energy Technology Grants

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Six months ago, the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) announced a new program in partnership with the Electrochemical Society (ECS) called the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship. This program awards grants to young professors and scholars who are pursuing research in green energy technology in order to help further the development of future alternative fuel vehicles. This year, Toyota is awarding $50,000 to three recipients—Professor Patrick Cappillino of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Professor Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor David Go of the University of Notre Dame.

“The science of electrochemistry can help provide solutions for daunting challenges, like the need to transition to a less carbon intensive economy,” explained ECS Executive Director Roque Calvo. “ECS was thrilled to partner with Toyota on this program and congratulates our three inaugural fellows.”

In total, 100 applicants filed proposals upon hearing about the fellowship—not a bad number considering that the fellowship is in its inaugural year. Each of the three grant recipients will be able to use the money to carry out the research outlined in their proposals. For Patrick Cappillino, that’s using mushroom-derived natural products as flow battery electrolytes. Yogi Surendranath will be researching methanol electrosynthesis at carbon-supported molecular active sites, and David Go will look into plasma electrochemistry as a new approach to green electrochemistry.