2011 Photo Gallery
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.View Abstract
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.View Abstract
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.View Abstract
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".View Abstract
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.View Abstract
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
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.View Abstract
Dave Wesolowski, Director of the Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Ashley Predith, Associate Director of the Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage EFRC at the University of Maryland, discussed recent results during the EFRC Summit Poster Reception.
During the EFRC Summit Poster Reception, Jon Schuller, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Columbia University led EFRC, Re-Defining Photovoltaic Efficiency Through Molecular Scale Control, explained his center's research achievements.
Gang Chen, Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center at MIT, and P. Thiyagarajan, a DOE EFRC program manager, discussed research accomplishments during the EFRC Summit Poster Reception.
Each of the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers presented an overview poster highlighting their center's mission and early research achievements during the EFRC Summit reception at the Science for Our Nation's Energy Future event.
The five winners of the "Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research" video contest were screened during the award ceremony, including the entry "Carbon in Underland" submitted by the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.View Video
Persis Drell, Director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Brent Gunnoe, Director of the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization; Don DePaolo, Director of the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2; and Neal Armstrong, Director of the Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials, shared their insider views on the importance of EFRCs for addressing critical energy needs in the panel, "EFRCs: A View from Senior EFRC Representatives".View Video
David Carlson, Chief Scientist of BP Solar; Katie Hunt, R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing and Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company; and Yet-Ming Chiang, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of A123 Systems enthusiastically discussed how basic science impacts energy technology.View Video
George Crabtree, Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory; Mark Ratner, Professor at Northwestern University; and Millie Dresselhaus, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed how the EFRCs arose out of a series of Grand Challenge and Basic Research Needs workshop reports on the panel, "EFRCs: A Response to Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination".View Video
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.