Two Loyola Marymount University (LMU) professors have been awarded a research grant from Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT), a manufacturer of building-integrated solar energy systems.

The grant was awarded to Matt Siniawski, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Lambert Doezema, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry of LMU’s Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

The two-year grant of more than $180,000 will allow the research team to investigate the mechanical strength and chemical compositions of Solar Integrated Technologies products and seek ways to reduce degradation after years of sunlight and severe weather exposure.

The professors said a key factor in getting companies to include solar technology in the construction of buildings is how long the devices will last before having to be replaced.

The team’s project aims to find ways of extending the life of solar devices.

“I think this is a great opportunity for both SIT and LMU, as the area of renewable energy is becoming more important every day,” said Siniawski. “Working with renewable energy companies within the Southern California region shows LMU’s dedication to supporting the development of renewable energy technologies.”

In addition to the two LMU researchers, the grant will provide funding for two undergraduate students and one graduate student to work on the project.