2013 NIChE Workshop - Nano for Energy

The Role of Nanotechnology in a Sustainable Future

October 2 & 3, 2013, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh PA


October 2, 2013

  • 8:00am  Keynote - Overview of the National Nanotechnology Initiative
    Robert Pohanka, National Nanotechnology Initiative
  • Session 1: Sustainability - Karl Haider, Bayer, Bayer Material Science
    • ​9:00am  Organic Electronics Applications - Darin Laird, Plextronics
    • 10:00am  Understanding and Exploiting Novel Optical Properties of Nanostructures - Dave Waldeck, University of Pittsburgh
    • 10:40am Optical Thin Films for High Temperature Gas Sensing - Paul Ohodnicki, NETL
    • 11:40am  Photochromic Glasses - Sara Barron, NIST
    • 12:20pm  Challenges in Nanotechnology Commercialization - Larry Thomas, Primet
  • ​Session 2: Solar Fuels; Moderator - Lawrence Hough, Solvay,
    • 2:00pm  Artificial Photosynthesi: Finding the Way to Solar Fuels - Tom Meyer, UNC/EFRC Solar Fuels
    • 3:00pm  Using Sunlight to Turn Water and Carbon Dioxide into Fuel - Nate Lewis, CalTech Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
    • 3:40pm  Solar Fuels Program at Liquid Light - Andrew Bocarsly, Princeton/Liquid Light
    • 5:00pm High Temperature Thermochemical Solar to Fuel Conversion - James Klausner, arpa-e DOE
    • 5:40pm Nanocatalysis for Solar Fuels - Christopher Matranga, NETL

October 3, 2013

  • Session3: E-Storage (Session Chair: Seth Snyder, CCR)
  • 9:00am  The Limitations to Li-Intercalation Batteries and the Role of Nano-Materials - Stanley Whittingham, SUNY at Binghamton and Stony Brook
  • 10:00am  Nanocomposites and Nanostructures for Lithium Batteries - Donghai Wang, Pennsylvania State University
  • 10:40am  Engineering nanoscale silicon based anodes for Li-ion Application - Prashant Kumta, University of Pittsburgh
  • 11:40am  Advanced Energy Storage Systems - Junwei Jiang, Johnson Controls
  • 1:00pm  Workshop Summary - Mike Nowak, NETL

Speaker Bios

  • Sara Barron: Sara Barron is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an interest in combinatorial approaches to inorganic oxide thin films. Her current work focuses on thermochromic oxides, a class of materials whose infrared transmission changes with ambient temperature, for energy-saving applications as ‘smart’ window coatings. Using combinatorial techniques, thin film libraries with continuous gradients in chemical composition are characterized by high-throughput, high spatial resolution measurements of infrared thermochromism. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Barron has earned degrees in materials science and engineering from Cornell University (Ph.D.) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.).
  • Andrew Bocarsley: Dr. Bocarsly received his Ph.D. in chemistry from M.I.T. in 1980. He has been a member of the Princeton University, Chemistry Department faculty for thirty-three years. He is affiliated with Princeton’s Materials Institute, Princeton’s Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Professor Bocarsly is a co-founder and President of the Science Advisory Board for Liquid Light Inc., a company formed to commercialize the formation of organic commodity chemicals from carbon dioxide using alternate energy sources. He has published over 190 papers in peer reviewed journals and co-authored over a dozen patents.
  • James Klausner: Dr. Klausner is a Newton C. Ebaugh Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He concurrently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His research interests include high temperature solar thermochemical conversion, waste heat and solar driven desalination, and high heat flux phase-change heat transfer. Within ARPA-E Dr. Klausner manages a research program on thermal energy storage and has initiated a new program on energy efficiency in light metals processing. Dr. Klausner received his Ph.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Prashant N. Kumta: Professor Kumta obtained his Bachelor of Technology with Honors in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India in 1984. This was followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 1999. He also held joint faculty appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. He joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Professor Kumta is the author and co-author of more than 150 refereed journal publications and has given more than 200 conference presentations with more than 66 invited presentations.
  • Darin Laird: Dr. Laird is a founder and the Director of Advanced Device Technology Plextronics, Inc. Prior to joining the company, he was a postdoctoral associate in the research group of Richard D. McCullough at Carnegie Mellon University. He has led technology and commercial development for printed electronics materials for OLED, OPV, lithium-ion battery, and circuitry applications, and is an inventor on 82 issued and pending patent applications for OLED, OPV, and OTFT application technologies.
  • Nathan S. Lewis: Dr. Lewis is Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology since 1991. Since 2010 he has served as Principal Investigator of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the DOE’s Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight, and since 1992 the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center. Nate continues to study ways to harness sunlight and generate chemical fuel by splitting water to generate hydrogen. He is also developing the electronic nose, which consists of chemically sensitive conducting polymer film capable of detecting and quantifying a broad variety of analytes.
  • Christopher Matranga: Dr. Matranga received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2002 where he utilized ultra-fast, nonlinear, optical spectroscopies for probing energy transfer and chemical processes at metal-liquid interfaces. After graduation, he transitioned to the research staff at NETL where he currently serves as the Director of the Molecular Science Division. His current research interests involve manipulating the electronic structure of nanomaterials to control carrier dynamics, improve optical properties, manipulate band-alignment, and direct catalytic reactivity.
  • Thomas J. Meyer: Dr. Meyer is Arey Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center on Solar Fuels, and Chief Scientist of the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has won many prizes for chemical research. He has published over 600 papers, holds three patents, and is one of the most highly cited chemists in the world.
  • Paul Ohodnicki: Dr. Ohodnicki carried out his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in engineering physics and economics. He pursued his graduate studies in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his MS and PhD degrees. Immediately after graduation Paul worked at PPG Industries on the development of large area thin film coatings for energy efficient windows. He then joined the National Energy Technology Laboratory where he is leading a team that is working on advanced thin film materials for high temperature sensing applications.
  • Robert C. Pohanka: Dr. Pohanka has served since March 2012 as the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), within the National Science and Technology Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. He is responsible for providing the executive leadership, management, and technical and advisory oversight to meet the NNCO mission. He is responsible for maintaining appropriate interactions with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, academia, and industry on behalf of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee (NSET) and the NNCO.
  • Larry Thomas: Mr. Thomas is President and CEO of Primet Precision Materials, Inc. His 20-year career in the specialty chemical industry, most recently as the Director of Advanced Materials at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., gives him extensive experience combining internally developed technologies with external collaborations, licenses and investments to maximize the growth of high technology businesses. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.
  • Richard A. Vaia: Dr. Vaia is the Technology Director of the Functional Materials Division in Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The Division delivers materials and processing solutions that revolutionize AF Survivability, Directed Energy, ISR, Integrated Energy and Human Performance capabilities. His research group focuses on polymer nanocomposites, complex nanoparticle architectures and their impact on developing adaptive soft matter. He received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 1995.
  • David H. Waldeck: Dr. Waldeck obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1978 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1983. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 1983 to 1985, where he held an IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1985 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry where he has remained. He was the Belkin Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute, Israel in 1998, and he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005. Currently, David is a Full Professor and the Chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Donghai Wang: Dr. Wang is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. His research interests include design and synthesis of nanostructured functional materials and clean energy technologies including Li batteries and solar cells, and the properties of a variety of nanostructured materials such as nanocrystalline and/or nanoporous inorganic materials, carbon nanostructures, hybrid nanostructures and nanocomposites, with the aim to use the knowledge of nanostructured materials to improve device performances in energy conversion and storage and in bio/environmental technology.
  • M. Stanley Whittingham: Dr. Whittingham is a distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science & engineering and director of the Materials Science Program and Institute for Materials Research at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2010 he received the NERM award of the American Chemical Society for his contributions to chemistry, and in 2012 he received the Yeager Award of the International Battery Association for his lifetime contributions to battery research. He is presently also Director of the Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, based at Stony Brook University. He is Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST).

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