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Los Alamos leads energy frontier research center project

Los Alamos leads energy frontier research center project

The goal of this center is to explore and exploit the unique physics of nanostructured materials to boost the efficiency of solar energy conversion through novel light-matter interactions, controlled excited-state dynamics, and engineered carrier-carrier coupling.

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the awarding of $100 million from the Office of Science for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy. The research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. Los Alamos leads one renewed Energy Frontier Research Center (Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics) and is a partner on four others.

DOE competitively selected the 32 projects receiving funding from more than 200 proposals. Awards range from $2 million to $4 million per year per center for up to four fiscal years, subject to a progress review in year two. The program aims to accelerate transformative discovery related to energy, combining the talents and creativity of our national scientific workforce with a powerful new generation of tools for penetrating, understanding, and manipulating matter on the atomic and molecular scales.

Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP): The objective is to harness the unique properties of quantum-confined semiconductors to develop the next generation of low-cost, high-efficiency solar photoconversion systems. The goal of this center is to boost the efficiency of solar energy conversion through novel light-matter interactions, controlled excited-state dynamics, and engineered carrier-carrier coupling. Victor Klimov (Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, C-PCS) directs the project. Other key Los Alamos researchers include Jeffrey Pietryga and Istvan Robel (C-PCS) and Kirill Velizhanin (Physics and Chemistry of Materials, T-1).

7/26/2014


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