Rice University Professor, Natcore Co-Founder Honored at United Nations
Red Bank, N.J. — (October 28, 2011) — Prof. Andrew R. Barron, a scientific co-founder of Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V; NXT; NTCXV.PK), has received the prestigious World Technology Award for Materials presented by the World Technology Network in association with Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review. Announced on October 26 at United Nations headquarters in New York City, this award includes Barron in a group of organizations and individuals whose work is the most innovative and impactful in the world.
Prof. Barron is the Charles W. Duncan, Jr.-Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University, as well as a visiting Professor at the University of Wales. He was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research from the Welch foundation and is the first Prince of Wales Visiting Innovator. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Before joining the Rice faculty in 1995, Dr. Barron received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, performed postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin, and served on the faculty at Harvard University.
Prof. Barron’s work on liquid phase deposition is at the heart of Natcore’s businesses, particularly in the photovoltaic area. It is the critical component in Natcore’s program that aims to double the efficiency of solar cells and to halve their cost.
Prof. Barron was one of six finalists for the World Technology Award for Materials. The others were Michael Haag, Universal Nanotech Corp.; Evelyn Hu, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Michelle Khine, University of California, Irvine; Werner Kuhr, ZettaCore, Inc.; and Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University.
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