March Meeting 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Westin Hotel - Adjacent to the Convention Center
Overview and Goals
This one-day workshop for graduate students and postdocs highlighted the contributions physics-related research can make towards meeting the nation's energy needs in environmentally friendly ways. It was aimed at young physicists who are concerned about the environment and who would like to find ways to use their scientific and quantitative skills to help meet the challenges that the world faces.
The workshop featured plenary talks by leaders in the field of energy research. After an overview talk, there were six talks on different cutting-edge research areas. Each talk was aimed at the level of physics graduate students who are not experts in energy research. The goal of the workshop was to show physics graduate students and postdocs how they can contribute to energy and environmental solutions while doing exciting scientific research.
SPEAKER & PLENARY TALK TITLE
George Crabtree, Argonne National Lab
Harry Atwater, Caltech
Compound Semiconductor and Multi-junction Solar Cells
Garry Rumbles, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Recent Advances in Organic Photovoltaics
Mark Verbugge, General Motors
Batteries for Transportation
Channing Ahn, Caltech
Vehicular Hydrogen Storage with Sorbent Materials
Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Lab
Solid State Lighting
John Sarrao, Los Alamos National Lab
Superconductivity: Challenges and Opportunities for Our Energy Future