CNEEC's partners are an important element in our research in that they complement our scientific program. Our relationship with them not only provides complementary expertise and resources to the proposed program, but also offers opportunities to interact with industry for effective transfer of new concepts and technologies in energy sciences. We interact and collaborate with researchers from our partner institutions frequently:
1. The Technical University of Denmark
Our partner at this university provides expertise in theory to elucidate underlying phenomena and to guide the design of new materials and structures. They model band structure and catalytic behavior of oxides, which strongly support CNEEC's research programs. Electronic structure modeling provides one of several intellectual bridges within CNEEC between Projects 1 and 2.
2. Carnegie Institution, Department of Plant Biology
We rely on the Carnegie Institute for their expertise in plant biology, photosynthesis, and biomimetic structures. In particular, we use their facilities for developing nano-scaled electrode surfaces with surface modifiers that mimic in vivo electron accepting moieties associated with charge transfer in natural photosynthetic electron transport. By interfacing photosynthetic electron transport with external electron acceptor surfaces, our research will provide insight in the construction of systems, which can extract electrons from natural or artificial electron-generating systems and use them for specific reductive or energy-generating processes.
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