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Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology
Gordon Research Conference

Energy Conversion, Storage, and Transport at Nanoscale

Dates

February 26 - March 3, 2017

Location

Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Yi Cui

Vice Chair:
Vanessa C. Wood

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was January 29, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description

Developing sources of sustainable energy is a crucial challenge for the 21st century. Nanotechnology may contribute paradigm-changing approaches to energy technology, because many energy conversion, storage and transport processes occurs with the critical length at nanoscale and at interfaces and surfaces, which are abundant in nanomaterials. While, in principle, the advantages of nanomaterials are believed to hold the potential for higher process efficiencies and lower device manufacturing costs, in practice, such gains have not yet been realized in many areas of energy technology. Reasons for this include the still nascent understanding of fundamental energy conversion, storage, and transport processes, the challenges associated with integrating nanomaterials into macroscopic devices, the difficulties in inexpensively producing large amounts of nanomaterials with well defined properties, and the still not completely assessed potential health and environmental impacts of nanomaterials.

Mastering these challenges transcends the fields of physics, chemistry and engineering. This Gordon Research Conference on "Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology" aims at fostering interactions between scientists from different disciplines and stages of their careers, working in academia, national research laboratories, and industry. The focus of this conference is on exploring the fundamental mechanisms involved in energy conversion, storage, and transport with nanomaterials, while also illuminating novel approaches in materials design and synthesis and evaluating materials sustainability issues. The emphasis on new, largely unpublished work will make this conference a premier platform for scientific exchange on the future developments in nanomaterials in energy technology.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Nanomaterials for Applications in Energy Technology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

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 pmKeynote Session: Nano and Energy Science
Discussion Leader: Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmPaul Alivisatos (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Reflections on Nanoscience and Energy: Can We Deliver Soon Enough for Society?"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmJuan Bisquert (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
"Interpretation of Kinetic Processes Governing the Operation of Perovskite Solar Cells"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPhoton Energy Conversion
Discussion Leader: Michelle Povinelli (University of Southern California, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDirk Weiss (First Solar, USA)
"Will There Be a Next-Generation Photovolatic Technology, and What Does It Look Like?"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHarry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Nanophotonic Energy Conversion Mechanisms in Photovoltaics, Thermoelectrics and Photocatalysis"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmXiaoyang Zhu (Columbia University, USA)
"Polarons, Polaritons, and the Lead Halide Perovskite Puzzle"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThermal Energy Conversion
Discussion Leader: Jia Zhu (Nanjing University, China)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmShanhui Fan (Stanford University, USA)
"Using Nanophotonic Structures to Control Thermal Radiation for Energy Applications"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJeff Snyder (Northwestern University, USA)
"Complex Fermi Surfaces and Grain Boundary Engineering in Thermoelectrics"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEnergy Storage: Materials Design
Discussion Leader: Vanessa Wood (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:40 amGerbrand Ceder (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Computational Materials Design for Batteries"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHyuk Chang (Samsung, South Korea)
"Challenge to the Limit of Lithium Ion Batteries by Advanced Materials Design"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLiwei Chen (Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, CAS, China)
"Materials Design in Li-S Batteries"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEnergy Efficiency
Discussion Leader: Kang Wang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmShoucheng Zhang (Stanford University, USA)
"Topological Insulator for Energy Applications"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEli Yablonovitch (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"A New Type of Heat Engine, Using LEDs as Refrigerators"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEnergy Storage: Characterization / Young Investigator Presentations
Discussion Leader: William Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRobert Kostecki (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Probing Charge and Mass Transport Phenomena Across Interfaces and Interphases in Li-Ion Batteries"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amBilge Yildiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Relating Interface Chemistry and Structure to Charge Transport Kinetics at Interfaces of Oxide Electrodes and Electrolytes"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdvanced Nanomaterials Synthesis for Energy
Discussion Leader: Markus Winterer (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmYury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
"2D Carbides and Nitrides of Transition Metals - An Emerging Family of Energy Storage Materials"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmUwe Kortshagen (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Plasma Synthesis of Nanocrystal Materials for Energy Applications"
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 in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCatalysis and Chemical Fuels: Mechanism
Discussion Leader: Haotian Wang (Harvard University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVojislav Stamenkovic (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Tailored Nanomaterials for Electrochemical Applications"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amKyoung-Shin Choi (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"BiVO4-Based Photoelectrochemical Cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmPeng Chen (Cornell University, USA)
"Sub-Particle Catalysis and Current Imaging on Single-Particle Photoanodes"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCatalysis and Chemical Fuels: Materials Design
Discussion Leader: Shannon Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPeidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"CO2 + H2O + Sunlight = Chemical Fuels + O2"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEmily Carter (Princeton University, USA)
"Mechanisms of Photoelectrochemical Production of Fuel Precursors from First Principles"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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