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CSU Chemistry Professor Receives Presidential Award

Colorado State University

Colorado State University Assistant Chemistry Professor Amy Prieto was recognized by the White House today for her work to develop new methods to create a battery to revolutionize the hybrid/electric vehicle industry. Dr. Prieto has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work. She was nominated by the National Science Foundation.

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people,” President Obama said in a White House statement. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

In 2009, Prieto co-founded Prieto Battery Inc., a company expected to commercialize a non-toxic battery technology up to 1,000 times more powerful, 10 times longer lasting and cheaper than traditional batteries. Prieto co-founded the company with Cenergy, which is the commercialization arm of the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster.

The company aims to produce lithium ion batteries based on tiny or nanostructured materials on a mass scale. Details on how it works.

There will be a White House award ceremony honoring the 96 scientists to receive this year’s award at the end of July.

My journalism career started in college when I worked as a reporter and Weekend Edition host for WEKU-FM, an NPR member station in Richmond, KY. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism.
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