L’Oreal USA Women In Science: Meet Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks


We couldn’t be more excited about the 10th Anniversary L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Award ceremony taking place at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

women_in_science-logo-e1376878383403-299x280L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science is a national extension of the global L’Oréal – UNESCO For Women in Science program, which, since 1998, has honored 77 Laureates, including two who subsequently were awarded the Nobel Prize. The program has also supported more than 1,652 international Fellows who have made contributions in every field of scientific research.  By the end of 2013, a total of 1,729 women scientists from over 100 countries will have benefitted from the program.

Today we profile Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Princeton University, Chemical and Biological Engineering and her contributions to science.

Dr. Whittaker-Brooks and her team have been able to revolutionize the materials science field by synthesizing nanoscaled materials for use in electronics, window coatings, sensing devices, and photovoltaics.   The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science award will support the rational design and implementation of thermoelectric materials to be used as solar-thermal generators in photovoltaics that are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.  The thermoelectric materials Dr. Whittaker-Brooks synthesizes could be a boon for several applications ranging from power generation to microprocessor cooling which would potentially solve energy issues in the world.

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