Frontiers in Energy Research: April 2014

April 2014

Editor's Notes

Bridging the Gap

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Computational approaches often use abstract mathematical expressions to digitally simulate experiments that are too complex or expensive to first perform in the lab. However, it is vital to bridge the understanding from this basic computational level to physical realizations. Enter the interdisciplinary work of the Energy Frontier Research Centers.

Empowering Human Innovation: From EFRC to Entrepreneurship

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Cary Hayner is a Ph.D. student, a scientist at the Center for Electrical Energy Storage and the Chief Technology Officer at SiNode Systems, a business that is developing silicon/graphene anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The anodes provide higher energy densities and faster charge and discharge rates. Learn about how his work at the Center translated into entrepreneurship and see what it takes to balance Ph.D. studies with everything else.

A Legacy of Mentorship and Societal Impact

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"The lasting legacy of EFRCs is in the nurturing of early career scientists," said Maureen MCann, director of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, an Energy Frontier Research Center or EFRC. As a mentor, she draws upon the sense of wonder and a love of science instilled in her by her parents, with a little help from Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek's Spock. Read about McCann and her thoughts on mentoring, the future energy landscape, and chocolate.

Research Highlights and Awards

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