A fresh pair of eyes can see things differently, which is one reason the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are already making an impact at the laboratory. Ph.D. graduates from across the country have come to NREL for mentorship and learning—and have enriched the lab in doing so.
Elisa Miller, who began as an NREL Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2013, brought her gas-phase photoelectron spectroscopy skills to condensed-phase spectroscopy experiments already in progress at the lab. Because of her basic research training, she asks different questions about how experiments impact solar cells, helping to refine the procedures and move the project forward. "So far, I've been lucky enough to contribute to two projects," Miller said.
Such moments are expected to multiply as the other NREL Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship awardees Brandon Knott, Xerxes Steirer, and Wei Xiong—along with the most recent honorees Eric Jankowski, Luis Reyes, and Giulia Gallo—continue to make contributions alongside Miller. Each year, NREL plans to award two new Director's Fellowships, supported by Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) program funding.
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