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February 2012 - Lance Hubbard won First Prize in the Graduate Student Poster Competition held during the Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) 2012 Conference in Clearwater, FL.
MCARE 2012 facilitates information sharing on the latest developments involving materials for alternative and renewable energy systems. The program emphasized materials challenges and innovations in the areas of solar energy, wind power, hydro, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, hydrogen, electric grid, materials availability, nanocomposites/nanomaterials, and battery and energy storage. The meeting was organized by the American Ceramic Society, co-organized by ASM, TMS, and SPE and is endorsed by the Materials Research Society. An international community of researchers, representing academia, national laboratory, and industry, participated in the 4-day meeting.
Lance’s prize-winning presentation was entitled: “Characterization of PECVD Thin Film Alumina for Electronic Passivation of Si Photovoltaics.” In addition to his technical activities, Lance also got to test drive a Chevrolet Volt and a Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle furnished by conference co-sponsors, GM and Toyota.