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SOLAR HARVEST  

I thought that I would never see
a solar cell looking like a tree.

A tree with others in a forest
with fruitful molecules ripe for...

UNC EFRC: Center for Solar Fuels

438
In Full Color  

A tight-knit group of photon friends, of neighboring nuclear birth,
Started on their journey towards our spinning earth.

With the break of...

Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center

223
The Modern Man Runs on Lithium Ion  

The Lithium Ion,
Enabler of work and play.
Fueling our technology,
Modern lives dysfunctional without.

Humans navigate...

Center for Electrochemical Energy Science

157
Quantum Dots for Solar Windows  

Queries into things so very small
Uptaking light, electricity for all!
Absorbing, then glowing...

Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics

130
As Above, So Below  

We occupy a privileged place
at the heart of things.
Halfway between the infinite
and the infinitesimal,
we have eyes to see both
with...

Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

107
Ode to the Chlorosome  

Round, lamellar, cylindrical, round
The millions of chlorophyll molecules align
All together they move in a single line
To form large structures all...

Center for Excitonics

106
Three Ways of Looking at a Battery  

​I. Vision

Small structures can build greater things
-- Nano, micro, meso, more --
Storing energy for a better tomorrow.
...

Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage

103
A Crystallographer's Peek  

A world’s beginning first obscure and black,
until the light rays sent out their attack.
Micro space hosts/guests sing a complex theme,
...

Center for Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies

97
Journey to biomass  

Journey to biofuel
Fuel O fuel! what have you done ?
living without you terrifies the human.
"How do I save you from getting lost?" he...

Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels

71
Afterlife of a photon

           Life was so short.
Born in a fiery dance of heat and...   Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation

60
At Dawn I Rise  

At dawn I rise
to take my post
we’ve sailed for months
I spot the coast

Crashing waves sand
the rugged cliffs...

Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion

50
Go with the Flow  

Energy: a necessity for all.
Sun, wind, nuclear, ethanol.
Great sources of energy these may be,
But living cells are the most efficient, you see...

Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis

28
The Free Charge of AN-SER  

(Rapped to the beats of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Now, this is a story all about how
My exciton got split, charges up and down
And...

Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center

27
Metastability for Awesome Utility  

My sibling is grounded,
has low energy.
And then you have me
and I wish to be free.

I’m in the same family
and...

Center for Next Generation of Materials by Design: Incorporating Metastability

23
Footprints on Copper  

I rush through empty space,
as methyl propels my flight,
another carbon lends me grace,
and hydroxy guides my sight.

I seek...

Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis

21
Taming Vortices:  Pathways to improved Superconductivity  
~~Superconducting Sleuths
 
Who could have predicted such longevity,
To the study of superconductivity?
 
BCS...
Center for Emergent Superconductivity
11