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Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology
February 3-8, 2013
Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA
Chair:
Markus Winterer

Vice Chair:
Uwe Kortshagen

The development of sustainable energy systems is among the most pivotal challenges of the 21st century. Nanotechnology potentially provides paradigm-changing solutions to problems related to energy technology, because energy conversion processes of practical relevance occur at interfaces and surfaces, which are abundant in nanostructured materials. These materials properties can be specifically adapted and combined to produce highly potent, customized, multi-functional materials for intelligent conversion, storage, and ‘consumption’ of energy. Additionally, in many manufacturing processes, the use of nanostructured precursors leads to a reduction in the cost, necessary amount of material, or process temperature, which enables production routes of unrivalled energy efficiency. However, despite the great potential of specifically synthesized nanostructured materials, both practical and visionary applications have not found their way into the market yet. Reasons are that, firstly, the fundamental understanding of energy conversion, storage and transport at the nanoscale is still incomplete, secondly, the gap between nanostructured materials and macroscopic demonstrators and prototypes is not closed, thirdly, nanostructured materials with the desired properties are not available in sufficient quantities to close this gap, and lastly, actual or alleged risks of using nanomaterials may hinder the societal acceptability.

An intensive, cross-disciplinary interaction with contributions especially from the natural sciences and engineering, but also from biomedical and social sciences is instrumental in providing means to solve fundamental problems of energy conversion, transport and storage, closing the gaps in technology and availability of nanostructured materials, answering the questions of sustainable production and usage, as well as addressing commercial and societal acceptability. This new Gordon Research Conference on ‘Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology’ wants to foster the interaction between scientists from academia and industry working on fundamental and applied aspects and contribute to the ultimate goal to accelerate the implementation of new, nanomaterials-based technology that will provide clean and affordable energy for the future. In this first, new conference the focus will be on the fundamental understanding of nanostructured materials, which are candidates for energy electrooptical, electrochemical, and electrothermal energy conversion as well as storage and related industrial applications.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmNanomaterials for Energy Conversion: Light and Electricity
Discussion Leader: Axel Lorke (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMichael Graetzel (École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Nanostructured Dye Sensitized Solar Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmVladimir Bulovic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Light Emitting Diodes from Nanoparticles"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLight Emitting Diodes and Carrier Multiplication
Discussion Leader: Victor Klimov (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJennifer Hollingsworth (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"Giant Nanocrystal Quantum Dots for Light-Emission Applications"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amRalph Wirth (OSRAM GMBH, Germany)
"Light Emitting Diodes"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmArthur J. Nozik (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden Colorado, USA)
"Multiple Exciton Generation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNanomaterials for Energy-Conversion: Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Discussion Leader: Stacey F. Bent (Stanford University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmYi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
"Rational Nanomaterials Design for Portable and Stationary Energy Storage"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEllen Ivers-Tiffée (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
"Nanomaterials in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: The Key to an Even Better Performance"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmElectrical Transport in Nanostructured Materials
Discussion Leader: Horst Hahn (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSupriyo Datta (Purdue University, USA)
"Mesoscopic Transport"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJoachim Maier (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany)
"Nanoionics: Size Effects on Ion Conduction and Storage"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKlaus Ensslin (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Electronic Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNanomaterials for Conversion of Chemical Energy
Discussion Leader: Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber Institute, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJens Norskov (Stanford University)
"Nanostructured Catalysts for Conversion of Chemical Energy"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMichael R. Wasielewski (Northwestern University, USA)
"Artificial Photosynthesis"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanomaterials for Photovoltaics and Solar Cells
Discussion Leader: Reuben T. Collins (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPhillipe Guyot-Sionnest (University of Chicago, USA)
"Photoelectrochemistry"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHarry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanostructures for Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conversion"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJason Baxter (Drexel University)
"Nanostructured Solar Cells"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCharge Carriers in Doped Nanomaterials
Discussion Leader: David Norris (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHideo Hosono (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
"Material design of p-type oxide semiconductors"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSteven Erwin (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
"Theoretical aspects of doping nanocrystals"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanomaterials for Energy-Conversion: Electrothermal
Discussion Leader: Francis J. Disalvo (Cornell University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amGabi Schierning (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
"A bottom-up approach for nanostructured thermoelectrics: From nanopowder to devices"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJeff Snyder (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanocomposites for Thermoelectrics"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmGang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanostructured Thermoelectrics"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSustainability
Discussion Leader: Christof Schulz (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGünter Oberdörster (University of Rochester, USA)
"Toxicology and Risk Assessment of Nanoparticles"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAlfred Nordmann (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
"The Character of Nanotechnology"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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