Materials & Nanoscience

Fundamentals and Applications of Nanomaterials for Energy Technologies (#348)

To meet ever increasing energy demand requires the breakthrough development of sustainable energy technologies that offer substantially improved performance. Nanotechnology could provide paradigm-changing solutions that have high efficiency but at low cost, as nanomaterials with size and morphology control and tailored chemistry allow the molecular level control over energy transfer interfaces and further our understanding of the energy transformation mechanisms involved in many fundamental processes. Many unique physical phenomena at the nanoscale occur through confinement of allowable states of basic energy carriers (electrons, phonons, and photons) that are central to energy harvesting and conversion. The development of future energy conversion and storage technologies requires the fundamental understanding as well as the capability to tailor the structure and compositions of materials at the molecular/nanometer scale.
This symposium will provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers working on fundamental and applied aspects of nanomaterials to communicate recent progress on current and next-generation energy conversion and storage technologies, including (but not limited to) solar energy conversion, electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalytic systems, to advance the goal of exploiting novel, nanomaterials-based technologies to provide clean and affordable energy for the future. This symposium will focus on the synthesis, processing, characterization, and fundamental understanding of a variety of nanomaterials and their heterostructures, from 0D nanoparticles, 1D nanowires and nanotubes, to 2D layered nanomaterials, and 3D hierarchical nanostructured materials, and their applications in energy conversion and storage devices and systems.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015