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Frontiers in Energy Research: Summer 2018
  • Patricia Huestis

    Radiation is found in many forms throughout the EFRCs. It inspires, assists in, and drives the diverse research that scientists are doing in regards to solar energy, detailed imaging, and nuclear waste management.

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Feature Articles
  • Bor-Rong Chen

    “The more, the merrier” is true for most occasions, but for catalysts, sometimes having less is beneficial, especially when it comes to using platinum and other costly metals. Two EFRCs show how less expensive metals can be used in catalysts without sacrificing performance.

  • David Dan

    The problem with contemporary nuclear waste storage is the same problem with any container: it can get damaged. One way of fixing this problem is not to focus on the containers themselves, but instead think about the actual form the waste is in. Two centers are finding answers.

  • Natasha Pence

    Chemistry is like a puzzle, where the right equations, laws, and, of course, exceptions to those laws must fit in order to put the pieces together. Solving these puzzles fascinated Samantha Johnson in high school and inspired her to pursue a career in science.

Research Highlights

Editor’s Note

One of my favorite lines in this newsletter is from Samantha Johnson, an early career scientist profiled by Natasha Pence. Samantha said: “The best science happens among friends.” Science is a highly collaborative endeavor, and it helps to work with people who are truly generous and compassionate. In reading the articles, you’ll see how teams worked together to find answers about growing biofuel crops, operating batteries, separating valuable chemicals without heat, and catalyzing reactions. You’ll also see how editorial board members worked with sources at centers to provide a broader view of radiation, nuclear energy, and catalytic pathways. I hope you enjoy these articles and your summer includes time among friends. Kristin Manke, Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Board

  • Andrea Bruck, Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M)
  • Bor-Rong Chen, Center for Next Generation of Materials Design (CNGMD)
  • David Dan, Center for Actinide Science & Technology (CAST)
  • Amanda Filie, Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC)
  • Patricia Huestis, Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)
  • Kenneth Madsen, Center for Electrochemical Energy Science (CEES)
  • Amin Makarem, Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF)
  • Angela Norton, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)
  • Natasha Pence, Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis (BETCy)
  • Emily Sahadeo, Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES)
  • Jenny G. Vitillo, Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC)
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.