Sunshine award

Qiquan Qiao of South Dakota State University's Center for Advanced Photovoltaics is to receive $400,000 over the next five years to help in the development of less expensive and more efficient solar cells. The National Science Foundation CAREER award will help Qiao to develop organic photovoltaic materials, which he hopes could one day reach 10 to 15 percent efficiency. Specifically, Qiao will focus on novel polymers that have a long excited state lifetime.