Faculty & Research


Concept of the integrated Center

CNEEC's integrated center concept

The overarching goal of the Center is to increase the efficiency of energy conversion devices by manipulating materials at the nanometer scale. We advance scientific concepts and develop fabrication and characterization methodologies to understand how nanostructuring can optimize transport, light absorption, and reaction kinetics and thermodynamics in materials. Our research aims to provide a scientific foundation of underlying physical and chemical phenomena shared by a diverse range of energy conversion processes for both energy generation and storage devices, and to exploit them in materials to achieve break-out high-efficiency, cost-effective energy technologies.

To reach this goal, we have organized our research into three Thematic Research Groups (TRGs) with expertise in theory, materials synthesis, characterization, simulation, device fabrication, and testing:

TRG1: Nanoscale Control of Thermodynamic Potentials

TRG2: Nanoscale Control over Photons and Electrons

TRG3: Nanoscale Control in Catalysis

We view these three themes, reflected in our Center concept, as universal cross-cutting topics that underlie virtually all attempts to improve energy conversion efficiency.

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