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Winter 2003

Photonics Center Gets $1 million+ to Develop Coal Plant Sensors

The department’s Center for Photonics Technology (CPT) received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue the development of sensors for use in producing energy from coal.

CPT researchers are developing single-crystal, sapphire-based, high-temperature sensors that can operate in the harsh environment of integrated gasification and combined cycle (IGCC) plants, in which temperatures can reach 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. Single-crystal sapphire has shown to be an excellent material for harsh environments due to its high melting point, superior transparency, and ability to resist corrosion. Anbo Wang, CPT director, and Gary Pickrell, associate director, lead the project, which began in 1999.

For more information, visit the CPT website.

 
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