Texas A&M chemist Matthew Sheldon (background, left) and his research group focus on nanomaterials and related opportunities at the intersection of materials science, chemistry and nanophotonics.


Matthew Sheldon, assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has received a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

Sheldon is one of 56 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses nationwide who will share in the $20.6 million awarded as part of the program, which seeks to foster creative basic research in science and engineering and enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators. Scientists and engineers who have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research are eligible to apply.

Sheldon, who joined the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry faculty in 2014 and also is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of five recipients from Texas-based institutions. He will receive $370,000 over a three-year period for his research proposal titled, "Hot Electron Enhanced Thermionic Emission (HEETE) Converters for All-Metal Optical Power Generation." His was one of more than 265 proposals received in response to the broad agency announcement.

"Getting federal funding is a very important and significant milestone for any assistant professor," said Dr. François P. Gabbaï, head of the Department of Chemistry and holder of the A.E. Martell Endowed Chair. "I am delighted to see how successful Matt has been since he joined us last year. He has launched some exciting new projects at the interface of energy research and nanoscience. This Air Force Young Investigator Award speaks to the quality of his ideas and future plans. Congratulations, Matt!"

Sheldon earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology prior to coming to Texas A&M, where his research centers on the use of nanomaterials for solar energy and related opportunities at the intersection of materials science, chemistry and nanophotonics.

"We believe this avenue of research can build from recent advances in nanophotonics and metal optics, to provide exciting new strategies for converting solar energy into electricity," Sheldon said. "I am very excited for my laboratory to delve more deeply into this topic."

For additional information about Sheldon's research, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/rgroup/sheldon/.

To learn more about the Young Investigator Research Program or other AFOSR funding opportunities, refer to the related fact sheet.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Matthew Sheldon, (979) 862-3101 or matt.sheldon@chem.tamu.edu


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