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Candace Chan

Candace Chan’s expertise includes chemistry as well as materials science and engineering. Photo by: Jessica Slater/ASU

Candace Chan has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her work on novel silicon materials.

Chan is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

She is researching ways to expand the applications of silicon clathrates, a form of silicon distinguished by its cage-like structure.

The structure allows ions to be placed inside the silicon clathrate “cage.” Chan is determining if ions can be electrochemically placed inside these cages in a tunable and reversible manner, which can lead to new structures and compositions that have never before been observed. These materials could have applications in batteries, thermoelectrics and superconductors.

The NSF grant will provide $390,000 over three years to fund Chan’s research.

Chan came to ASU in the fall of 2011 after doing post-doctoral research in chemistry the previous two years at the University of California, Berkeley.

She is an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Chemistry in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Chan earned a doctoral degree in physical chemistry at Stanford University in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Rice University in 2005.

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