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Sept. 23, 2015

Richard Lunt awarded 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship 

Richard Lunt, of the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship, a national prize from the American Physical Society (APS) to support research in energy sustainability. 

Richard Lunt has been awarded a national prize by the American Physical Society, the 2015 Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship.The award, named for Stanford R. Ovshinsky, encourages the development of low-cost technologies that do not rely on fossil fuels to provide carbon-free energy to the world’s growing population. 

Lunt will receive the 2015 Ovshinsky Fellowship and be a featured speaker at an upcoming APS meeting. 

Ovshinsky, who died in 2012, is credited with a range of important developments including amorphous solar cells, digital memory, nickel-metal hydride batteries, and solid hydrogen storage that have led many to compare him to Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison.

The fellowship was established in 2013 by his family in recognition of his inventive spirit and lifelong contributions toward the development of energy conversion technologies. 

Lunt, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has won numerous awards in recent years for his work on renewable energy technologies, nanostructured devices, and transparent photovoltaics and solar concentrators.

Lunt’s list of recent awards include:

• 2016 National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium

• 2016 MSU Teacher-Scholar Award

• 2016 MSU College of Engineering Distinguished Scholar - Junior Award

• 2015 MSU Innovation of the Year Award

• 2015 “35 Innovators Under 35 List” by the MIT Technology Review

• 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year

• 2014 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award in Environmental Chemistry

• 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

• 2013 DuPont Young Professor Award

To view video coverage on Lunt’s research, visit:

• The Future is Clear: http://msutoday.msu.edu/feature/2015/the-future-is-clear

• CBS Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hwle8

• 2015 MSU Innovation of the Year: http://www.egr.msu.edu/news/2015/04/24/msu-innovation-year-award

• 2015 MSU Board of Trustees presentation on his research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJYr4UEReDE