Solar energy R&D and Materials by Design

Date & time: 2–3am 8 July 2016, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Engineering Lecture Theatre, Engineering Building (32), North Road, Australian National University, Acton ACT
Speakers: Dr. William Tumas

Meeting our future global energy needs in an environmentally responsible way is one of the greatest challenges of the twenty first century.

The discovery of new functional materials is critical to developing the needed disruptive technologies for energy conversion, delivery, storage, and use. Remarkable advances in theory and high-throughput materials synthesis and characterization are enabling new materials discovery, where theory can directly guide experimental materials development.

This seminar will focus on materials by design research from the Next Generation for Materials by Design Energy Frontier Research Center, where we tightly couple theory, experiment and characterization to discover and understand new inorganic semiconductor materials for photovoltaic absorbers, transparent conductors, and photoelectrochemical water splitting.  

About the speaker

Dr. William Tumas is the Associate Laboratory Director for Materials and Chemical Science and Technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research activities have included materials by design, solar energy conversion, chemical hydrogen storage, catalysis, supercritical fluids and alternate reaction media, green chemistry, and waste treatment technology development and assessment.