2019 Photo Gallery
Over 650 people attended the 2019 EFRC Principal Investigators Meeting in Washington DC on July 29 - 30, 2019.
Paul Dabbar, DOE Under Secretary for Science, welcomed attendees and announced the “EFRC Ten at Ten” winners in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the EFRC program.
Ten at Ten People Award: Michael Naguib from the Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST) for developing a new family of two-dimensional materials based on transition metal carbides and nitrides that have proven to be transformative battery and supercapacitor electrode materials.
Ten at Ten People Award: Erin L. Ratcliff from the Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials (CISSEM) for embracing multi-disciplinary team science to characterize and control the chemical and physical interactions between electrical contacts and active layers in emerging solar energy technologies.
Ten at Ten People Award: Katlyn M. Turner from the Materials Science of Actinides (MSA) EFRC for her dedication to EFRC research from undergraduate through graduate studies, transferring research knowledge and techniques between institutions, and maintaining strong ties between collaborating groups.
Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award: Jeffrey R. Long, Thomas M. McDonald, Douglas A. Reed, Rebecca L. Siegelman, and C. Michael McGuirk from the Center for Gas Separations (CGS) for the discovery of cooperative adsorption in metal-organic frameworks.
Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award: Candace Haigler, James Kubicki, B. Tracy Nixon, Hugh O'Neill, Alison Roberts, Ming Tien, Yaroslava Yingling, and Jochen Zimmer from the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) for elucidating the structure and function of plant cellulose synthase and cellulose synthesis complex.
Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award: Mercouri Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang from the Argonne Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER)/Center for Light Energy Activated Redox Processes (LEAP) for the first demonstration of all-solid-state solar cells using halide perovskite materials.
Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award: Carrie Siu, Yuhchieh Lin, Ieuan Seymour, and Jatin Rana from the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) for developing a fully rechargeable multi-electron 2-lithium battery cathode.
Ten at Ten Technologies and Tools Award: Paul Dauenhauer from the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) for developing the quantitative carbon detector 3D-printed metal catalytic microreactor.
Ten at Ten Technologies and Tools Award: Harold Kung, Cary Hayner, and Mark Hersam from the Center for Electrochemical Energy Science (CEES) for developing graphene encapsulation of lithium-ion battery anodes and cathodes.
Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, gave a plenary talk on Energy: Past Lessons and Future Opportunities.
Esther Takeuchi, Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook University and EFRC Director, talked about Skew Lines: The Challenge of Meaningful Intersection.
Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, shared his thoughts on America Leading the World in Science and Technology.
Representatives from the DOE technology offices shared their perspectives on science to technology transitions.
Past and current members of EFRCs discussed the EFRC program’s impact on science and technology.
EFRC alumni and current members revealed how the EFRC program has impacted their careers in universities, national laboratories, and industry.
The 46 EFRCs presented their research in 119 technical talks and 276 posters.
Researchers discussed their work with early career scientists, senior investigators, and DOE program managers.
Technical session topics included Bio-inspired Science, Catalysis, Energy – Water, Energy Storage, Materials and Chemistry by Design, Nuclear Energy, Quantum Materials, Separation Science, Solar Energy, Subsurface Science, and Synthesis Science.
The Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network shares best practices between centers, provides workforce development opportunities, and creates a network of early career scientists with a passion for energy science. Some of the 146 past and current representatives met in person at the meeting.
Frontiers in Energy Research is the electronic EFRC newsletter written by early career EFRC members. Some of the 126 past and current authors met in person at the meeting.
The Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network organized a Diversity in Energy Science Lunch.
Claudia Okonkwo (UNCAGE-ME) and Joeson Wong (PTL) proudly displayed their prizes for completing a networking or trivia challenge – a DOE mug.
EFRC members at all stages of their career shared their experiences at the Diversity in Energy Science lunch.
The Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network organized an Elevator Pitch and Science Speed Dating Lunch. Participants practiced their elevator pitches with each other.
The Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network organized a meet-up at Duke’s Counter on Monday night.
Following the 2017 tradition, the Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Network organized an excursion to a Nationals Baseball game after the meeting. Over 60 people attended. The event wasn’t photographed in 2019, but a 2017 photo captures the spirit of the outing.
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Bioinspired Light-Escalated Chemistry (BioLEC)
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME) – One team member not shown.
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Center for Next Generation of Materials Design (CNGMD)
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST)
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET) – One team member not shown.
Student and Postdoc Team Science Contest Winner: Center for Synthetic Control Across Length-scales for Advancing Rechargeables (SCALAR)
Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II: Overall Winner
Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II: Best Cinematography
Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II: Best Interviewing
Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest II: Best Writing and People’s Choice Award