University of South Carolina

USC professor earns prestigious research award

Steven Powell,, 803-777-5400

Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou, a University of South Carolina associate professor in the department of chemical engineering, has earned the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou
Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou

Zhou is one of only 39 recipients nationally out of a field of 407 competitors selected for the award, which identifies promising young researchers in academia and is intended to enhance their academic careers. It is accompanied by a two-year, $300,000 research grant from the Department of Defense.

Zhou said he is honored to have been selected for the award and is gratified for the opportunity to advance his research.

“This DARPA YFA program provides us an opportunity to advance our fundamental understanding of materials for alternative energy technologies and subsequently use this knowledge to develop solutions for challenges in the Department of Defense,” he said.

Zhou, who joined the College of Engineering and Computing in 2010, is working to develop alternative energy approaches to reducing energy consumption. Specifically, he is concentrating on creating more efficient ways of extracting energy from fuels. Zhou’s laboratory will address this challenge in collaboration with DARPA.

Zhou earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri and was a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., before joining USC.


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Posted: 10/28/11 @ 5:50 PM | Updated: 11/01/11 @ 1:55 PM | Permalink