Stanford Engineering

Mission

Welcome to the Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC).

Concept of the integrated center

The Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC) based at Stanford University is one of forty-six Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) across the nation established in 2009 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Science in the Office of Science.

Mission Statement

Understand how nanostructuring can enhance efficiency for energy conversion and solve fundamental cross-cutting problems in advanced energy conversion and storage systems.

As the world's growing energy needs will require not one but a collection of extremely efficient energy technologies that will work in concert to produce, store, and use the large amounts of energy that humans will soon demand, CNEEC research activities aim to provide a scientific foundation for break-out high-efficiency, cost-effective energy technologies. Accordingly, CNEEC research projects are focused on the following goals:

  • Understand how nanostructuring can enhance efficiency for energy conversion and to solve fundamental cross-cutting problems in advanced energy conversion and storage systems
  • Manipulate materials at the nanometer scale to increase efficiency of energy conversion
  • Exploit fundamental advances in charge transport, catalysis, optical absorption, and optical and quantum confinement to improve performance and efficiency in solar energy conversion and storage

Strategy

To achieve these goals, CNEEC pursues an integrative research program to study the scientific principles that govern physical and chemical processes and phenomena at the nanoscale. This involves the following:

  • Understand how nanostructuring modifies and governs the properties of materials
  • Learn how to control dimensionality and confinement
  • Implement learned insights on model energy conversion materials, structures and devices
  • Design, build and test structures to demonstrate enhanced efficiency and performance

A biomimetic (the science of mimicking natural biology) approach is also pursued to learn from nature’s strategies for highly efficient energy conversion.

Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science and Office of Basic Energy Sciences

"CNEEC provides us with a terrific opportunity to carry out collaborative research in the important area of sustainable energy. The Center's efforts will focus on harnessing fundamental properties at the nanoscale to improve efficiency and ultimately performance in energy conversion devices such as photovoltaics and fuel cells."

~Dr. Stacey Bent,
Co-Director,
CNEEC