March Meeting 2018 Energy Research Workshop

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

GERA has sponsored an annual Workshop held the Sunday before the beginning of the March Meeting for the last few years. This event, intended primarily for graduate students, has proven to be very popular. Each year the Workshop is organized around a theme. The 2018 workshop to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4 will focus on “The Future of Sustainable Approaches to Energy” and is co-sponsored with the Forum for Early Career Scientists. The workshop consists of a series of talks by leading experts in the field, lunch with the experts, and a panel discussion.

Keynote Address
"Renewables and Pathways for Energy Security."
Peter F. Green, NREL

Peter GreenPeter F. Green is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology, and the Chief Research Officer (CRO), for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Green began his career at Sandia National Laboratories in 1985 and in 1996 he moved to the University of Texas, Austin, where he was Professor of Chemical Engineering, and became the B.F. Goodrich Professor of Materials Engineering. In 2005 he was recruited to the University of Michigan to become Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Green was the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering. He was also Professor of Chemical Engineering, and of Applied Physics. From 2009-2015, he was the Principal Investigator and the DOE Energy Frontier Center (EFRC) – Center for solar and thermal energy conversion (CSTEC).

Dr. Green is a former President of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Fellow of the American Physical Society. Green is a former Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters (PRL) and is an APS “Outstanding Referee.” He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physics in 1981 from Hunter College, N.Y., and his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1985.

A limited number of spots for this workshop will be available, check back for application/registration information soon.

Travel funds are available to support student attendance at the workshop.
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GERA/FECS Energy Workshop Agenda

Sunday, March 4, 2018

8:00 a.m. - Welcome

Keynote Address

8:15 a.m. - Peter Green, NREL
Renewables and pathways for energy security

Energy Storage

9:15 a.m. - George Crabtree, Argonne
Energy Storage at the Threshold: Li-ion batteries and Beyond.

10:00 a.m. - Coffee

10:30 a.m. - Bai-Xiang Xu 
Multi-physics Multi-scale Modeling of Li-ion Batteries

11:15 a.m. - Amy Prieto, Colorado State University
Scalable, inexpensive approaches for the fabrication of 3D batteries

12:00 p.m. - Lunch with speakers and panel members

Solar Energy

1:00 p.m. - Nate Lewis, Caltech
Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

1:45 p.m. - Sue Carter, University of CA Santa Cruz
Solar Energy Solutions at the Food/Water/Energy Nexus

2:30 p.m. - Coffee

3:00 p.m. - Reuben Collins, Colorado School of Mines
Silicon photovoltaics: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Magnetism and Energy

3:45 p.m. - Todd Monson, Sandia
Magnetic materials for an advancing world

Panel Discussion: The Future of Sustainable Approaches to Energy

4:30 p.m. - Peter Green, Harriet Kung (DOE), Eric Toberer (early career panelist)

GERA-sponsored Focus Sessions

In addition to the workshop, GERA is organizing an invited symposium on energy research and sponsoring or co-sponsoring three focus topics at the March Meeting. The focus topics are (along with their sorting category numbers):

  • 21.1.1 Thermoelectrics (GERA/DMP)
  • 21.1.2 Solar Energy Conversion/Photovoltaics (GERA/FIAP)
  • 21.1.3 Energy Storage (GERA)