Materials Science

Transformational Nanomaterials for the Future of Energy Storage and Conversion
Cary L. Pint, Vanderbilt University

In this talk, I will discuss the prospect that nanomaterials have for impacting areas of energy storage and conversion, which represents one of the most significant global challenges we will face in decades to come. As I will discuss, nanomaterials have shown promise to enable new, transformational technologies, including batteries that can compete in energy storage capability with fossil fuels, photocatalysts and materials that can efficiently use sunlight to reverse the effects of climate change, and solar cells or batteries that can be printed, integrated into fabrics or structural materials, or painted onto surfaces, to name a few key areas I will discuss. A key challenge in the development of nanomaterials capable of large-scale innovation rests in earth abundance and manufacturing cost, which is my talk will focus around a discussion of both carbon and silicon based nanomaterials that have potential for large-scale impact in these areas.

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