Maria Chan, a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Electrical Energy Storage led by Argonne National Laboratory, shared results from first principles studies of surfaces and interfaces in Li-ion batteries during the "Energy Storage and Transmission" parallel technical session.
Alan Heeger, Nobel laureate and senior investigator in the Center for Energy Efficient Materials led by the University of California, Santa Barbara, explained recent results in plastic solar cells in the "Organic Photovoltaics" session.
In the technical session, "Effective and Sustainable Materials Design: Integration of Computation, Theory and Experiment", Assistant Professor Kyle Bishop shared recent results in chemical networks supported by the Non-equilibrium Energy Research Center.
Professor Ctirad Uher, a member of the Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion led by Michigan State University, talked about new tools for thermoelectric material characterization in the session on "Energy Conservation and Efficiency".
Thomas Jaramillo, an assistant professor supported by the Stanford led Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion, reported on efforts to engineer catalysts at the nanoscale for energy conversion reactions in the "Solar Fuels and Biomass" technical session.
In the "Inorganic Photovoltaics" technical session, Michelle Povinelli, an assistant professor and member of the Center for Energy Nanoscience led by the University of Southern California, discussed design rules to increase the optical absorption in nanowire arrays for photovoltaic applications.
In the "Energy Conservation and Efficiency" technical session, George Crabtree, associate director of the Center for Emergent Superconductivity led by Brookhaven National Laboratory, shared proof of principle results that superconductivity performance can be significantly improved in commercial superconducting wires.
Karina Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator at DOE, co-lead a lunch panel discussion on "Translating Basic Research to Energy Technology".
Benjamin Brown, Senior Science and Technology Advisor at the Office of Science, helped demystify the federal budget process in the lunch talk, "Science Policy, the Budget Battles of the 112th Congress, and the EFRCs
During a lunch plenary talk, Tilak Agerwala, Vice President of Systems at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, reflected on the innovation process by recounting how "Disruptive Innovations in Computing" enabled the creation of Watson, the computer that recently defeated human opponents on the Jeopardy! quiz show.
More than 1,060 science and policy leaders from universities, national laboratories, industry and government attended the three-day event.
Harriet Kung, Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences, welcomed participants to the 2011 Science for Our Nation's Energy Future: EFRC Summit & Forum.