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MRS Postdoctoral Awards

Congratulations to the Recipients of the MRS Postdoctoral Awards!

The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognize postdoctoral scholars who show exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching during their postdoc assignment.

MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

MRS TV interviews James Bullock and Minah Lee.

James BullockJames Bullock, University of California, Berkeley

for the development of dopant-free, selective contacts for high-efficiency Si photovoltaics”

James Bullock is an electrical engineering postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and an affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Ali Javey. Previous to that, Bullock completed his PhD degree in engineering, as an Australian Renewable Energy Agency Fellow, from The Australian National University. In the final year of his doctorate, he received the American Australian Association Fellowship as a visiting researcher at Berkeley.

Bullock's most significant work is based on the development of novel contacting strategies for inorganic and 2D material photovoltaic devices. In particular, his work on the development of the first high-efficiency “dopant-free asymmetric heterocontact” or DASH silicon solar cell has become a seminal work in the field, being recognized as a Science Highlight by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Minah LeeMinah Lee, Stanford University

 “for the development of sustainable organic materials to achieve high-performance energy storage devices and understanding their redox mechanisms

Minah Lee is a postdoctoral researcher under the advice of Zhenan Bao in the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University. She received her PhD degree in materials science and engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2015. Her doctoral thesis was on designing materials for bioinspired energy conversion and storage.

Lee’s research focuses on how to understand and better utilize the redox chemistry of abundant materials to present more efficient, reliable and sustainable energy-storage technologies for the future. Her main scientific contributions include discovering bioinspired redox centers for rechargeable batteries and developing design strategies of organic materials to enhance the energy-storage performances.