SciBridge Project at UT Austin Reaches African Universities

The SciBridge project started by The University of Texas postdoctoral fellow Veronica Augustyn and John Paul Eneku, a lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda, has been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback.  In an effort to promote scientific collaboration and networking between the US and Africa, 25 low-cost experiments were recently mailed by UT Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) student volunteers to 9 different universities in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.  These novel, hands-on experiments on dye-sensitized solar cells and aluminum/air batteries are designed for up to 60 students, allowing lecturers in each respective university the opportunity to demonstrate and experiment with a large class.  Lecturers at these universities are thus able to educate their students about clean energy by utilizing the sustainable energy technologies provided by the project.  With the funding from the Materials Research Society Foundation, the experiments are helping to promote discussion between scientists in Africa and the US.  Both the students and developers are looking forward to even more opportunities to collaborate, especially as the positive feedback grows.  For more information about this project please visit their official website here.

UT Austin students (l to r) Pauline Han, Kevin Yee, and Martha Gross developing the aluminum/air experiment.

UT Austin students (l to r) Pauline Han, Kevin Yee, and Martha Gross developing the aluminum/air experiment.

UT Austin MSE Graduate Students Pauline Han (l) & Siyang Liu (r) packing supplies for the aluminum/air experiment kits to be sent to African Universities.

UT Austin MSE Graduate Students Pauline Han (l) & Siyang Liu (r) packing supplies for the aluminum/air experiment kits to be sent to African Universities.

Undergraduate physics students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, working on the dye-sensitized solar cell experiment sent by the SciBridge Project.

Undergraduate physics students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, working on the dye-sensitized solar cell experiment sent by the SciBridge Project.

Undergraduate physics students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, testing the dye-sensitized solar cells made from kits sent by the SciBridge Project.

Undergraduate physics students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, testing the dye-sensitized solar cells made from kits sent by the SciBridge Project.

Undergraduate physics student Ireen Ankwasa of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, explaining dye-sensitized solar cells to the local community during the 2014 UNESCO World Science Day for Peace.

Undergraduate physics student Ireen Ankwasa of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, explaining dye-sensitized solar cells to the local community during the 2014 UNESCO World Science Day for Peace.