Frontiers in Energy Research: Frontiers in Energy Research: Summer 2016

Frontiers in Energy Research: Summer 2016


The Importance of Interdisciplinary Teams

Dan Colman

Bringing together scientists from diverse fields, institutions, and backgrounds brings challenges in forging collaborations, whether it’s the scientific approaches, geographical constraints, or simply different styles. At the EFRCs, researchers are bringing diverse teams together to solve problems. Read about just a few examples…

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    Advantages to Disorder: Ionic Liquids and Interacting Surfaces

    Timothy Plett

    Taking out the “middle man” of a liquid solvent opens the possibility for energy-storing capacitors to significantly step up their storage capacity. Scientists at FIRST recently made vital discoveries concerning...

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    Making Nuclear Safer, Fundamentally

    Nate Thomas

    The extreme pros and cons of nuclear power make it a great candidate for basic scientific research that bridges the gap between understanding how something works and solving real world problems. At Materials Science of Actinides, scientists are using their understanding of uranium to...

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Research Highlights

Editor's Note


There’s a restless nature to July in Washington, DC. The heat, humidity, and summer vacation should make people seek porch swings and iced tea, but it leads to a questing and questioning attitude. The same attitude flows through this issue, even though the Energy Frontier Research Centers as well as our editorial board members are scattered across the country. The work that’s being done, and the people doing it, want to do more, see more, learn more.

Join us and learn about how diverse teams take that questing spirt to work together and advance nuclear power, energy storage, and biofuels. See how understanding materials could change diverse areas, from storing carbon dioxide, to folding flat screens, to batteries, to solar panels. Also, learn more about how the centers work—building diverse teams that see the challenges from different angles. Because whether it is dealing with scorching hot days or the whims of lithium ions, it’s that restless spirit that sees challenges as opportunities and strangers as potential friends that makes the summer extraordinary.

Image courtesy Scott Butner Photography

Editorial Board and Writers

Editorial Board

Varinia Bernales, Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center and Material Science of Actinides 
Robert Call, Center for Solar Fuels
Daniel Colman, Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis
Matthew Gilkey, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
Eric Guiltinan, Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security
Michelle Harris, Argonne-Northwestern University Solar Energy Research Center
Kimberly Lundberg, Center for Electrochemical Energy Science
Tim Plett, Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage Energy Frontier Research Center
Nate Thomas, Light-Materials Interactions Energy Frontier Research Center
Eva Zarkadoula, Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution Energy Frontier Research Center

Kristin Manke, Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, Editor-in-Chief


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.