Frontiers in Energy Research: Summer 2015

Summer 2015


Performable Perovskites

Michelle Harris and Sameer Patwardhan

Commercial solar panels have primarily used silicon for decades, but now a new material, perovskite, is revolutionizing the solar energy field, but the toxic element lead and the long-term stability of perovskites remain major challenges. At the ANSER center, researchers are taking on these challenges...

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Feature Articles

Research Highlights

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    Plastic from Plants

    Ryan Patet
    Designing efficient, affordable reactions that turn plant matter into plastics means understanding the catalyst involved. Scientists' discoveries reveal insights about the performance of a promising clay-like catalyst...
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    Going Through Graphene

    Anastasia Ilgen
    A material best depicted as a honeycomb that is only one atom thick, graphene selectively transports protons via atom-sized defects, opening up the doors to discoveries for energy storage and water desalinization...

Editor's Note

The Summer Stretch

For some, summer offers an opportunity to laze about a swimming pool and contemplate the clouds high overhead, but for many others, summer is a time to stretch and try new things. This issue of the newsletter highlights work being done in the Energy Frontier Research Centers that stretch beyond the usual, the ordinary. They are reaching out to teachers, students, and collaborators in other countries. They are designing new materials and protective layers for solar cells. They are taking on challenges as diverse as creating plastic from plants, one-atom-thick membranes that could offer a host of advantages, and resistance-free wires for transmitting energy. Take a moment or two to learn about how researchers are doing what it takes to push back the frontiers of energy research.

Editorial Board and Writers

Editorial Board

Hayden Black, Center for Solar Fuels
Jennifer Esbenshade, Center for Electrochemical Energy Science
Laura E. Fernandez, Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center
Kathryn Fixen, Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis
Anastasia Ilgen, Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security
Ryan Patet, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
Sameer Patwardhan, Argonne-Northwestern University Solar Energy Research Center
Nicholas Quackenbush, Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage
Jonathon Rameau, Center for Emergent Superconductivity
Robert L. Sacci, Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center
Kristin Manke, Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, Editor-in-Chief

Guest Writers

Michelle Harris, Argonne-Northwestern University Solar Energy Research Center
Ashley Marshall, Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics
Garrett Williams, Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis

Disclaimer: The opinions in this newsletter are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views or position of the Department of Energy.