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Nano Energy: Improving Generation, Usage, and Storage of Energy

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Overview

Nanoscience will play a significant role in securing our  energy future.  VINSE researchers are using nanostructures to enhance the efficiency of solar  cells, developing nanostructures that generate hydrogen and oxygen fuels from sunlight, and exploiting nature’s own photosystem to generate energy.  Energy storage is equally important to energy generation.  VINSE investigators are using nanofibers to develop improved batteries and investigating ways to integrate energy storage into structural materials.  Finally it is important that we use energy efficiently.  VINSE researchers are developing efficient and low power optoelectronics and exploring the use of ultrasmall nanocrystals in energy efficient lighting.

Core Faculty

Rizia Bardhan
David Cliffel
Philippe Fauchet
Kelsey Hatzell
Kane Jennings
Deyu Li
Janet Macdonald
Sokrates Pantelides
Cary Pint
Peter Pintauro
Bridget Rogers
Sandra Rosenthal
Jason Valentine
Greg Walker