Recent News

2018-2019 FIP Chambers Scholar Award Winner - Tomas Barraza

August 9, 2018

Congratulations to Tomas Barraza, a Ph.D. student in the Stiff-Roberts Research Group and one of the 2018-2019 FIP Chambers Scholar Award Winners! The prestigious John T.

Laser Evaporation Technology to Create New Solar Materials

January 3, 2018

Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique could be the gateway to new generations of solar cells, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors.

Congratulations to Graduates!

May 14, 2017

Congratulations to Duke graduates from the Stiff-Roberts Research Group: Maria Folgueras, Lauren Shum, and Bruna Liborio, all of whom participated in the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

SENSOR Saturday Academy Floats the Eno River

May 4, 2017

There was some disappointment when the 3D printed boats designed to carry sensors into the Eno River didn’t float. But as any engineer will tell you, failure is just another teachable moment and an exercise in learning what doesn’t work.

Maria Folgueras Wins 1st Place in ECE Independent Study Poster Session

May 3, 2017

Maria Folgueras, a graduating senior, won 1st place (tied) in the Spring 2017 ECE Independent Study Poster Session. Her poster was entitled, "Characterization of Conducting Polymer Material Systems".

Prof. Stiff-Roberts Invited to 2016 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

October 20, 2016

Prof. Stiff-Roberts was an invited speaker in the Integrated Photonics session of the 2016 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Helsinki, Finland.


Dr. Wangyao Ge Successfully Defends His Thesis

October 7, 2016

Dr. Ge has successfully defended his thesis "Organic Thin Films Deposited by Emulsion-Based, Resonant Infrared, Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation: Fundamentals and Applications."

He will remain with the group until his graduation in December.

Prof. Stiff-Roberts Receives 2016 Julian Abele Award for Graduate Mentor of the Year

April 16, 2016

The 31st Annual Julian Abele Awards ceremony was held on April 16, 2016 at the Treyburn Country Club in Durham, NC.

Lauren Shum Selected as Student Delegate to G(irls)20 Summit

April 1, 2016

Lauren Shum, a junior in the Stiff-Roberts Research Group, was recently recognized as the sole delegate for the United States to the G(irls)20 Summit, a student delegation to the G20 Summit that seeks to call attention to the importance of increasing female labor force participation.

Seed fund helps catalyze Duke energy research on materials, environment, policy

March 10, 2016

Research projects that examine energy materials, the water-energy-food nexus, and renewable energy policies will receive funding in 2016 from the Energy Initiative's Energy Research Seed Fund.

Duke’s materials science sparks a brighter energy future

March 7, 2016

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is using materials science to improve PV technology.

Lauren Shum Wins 3rd Place in ECE Independent Study Poster Session

December 13, 2015

Lauren Shum, a junior, has won 3rd place (tie) in the Fall 2015 ECE Independent Study Poster Session. The title of her poster was, "CV characteristics of PCPDTBT thin-film organic PVs".

Waiting to Exhale: Using RIR-MAPLE to Monitor Glucose Levels

June 1, 2015

A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation—and end the need to draw blood.

Novel materials can reduce solar power costs

December 23, 2014

While solar electricity generation has skyrocketed in the past five years, it still accounts for less than one percent of overall power generation in the United States. Materials costs for solar technologies have gone down, but not yet enough to be fully competitive with other fuels.