How Quantum Mechanics Helps Discover Materials for Sustainable Energy
Emily A. Carter
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Efficient, clean, sustainable production of fuels and electricity is one of the great technological challenges of our time. My research is concerned with developing and applying accurate first principles quantum mechanics techniques to help identify robust, efficient, and inexpensive materials that will enable sustainable energy generation. This lecture will give selected examples from my research, ranging from improved materials for solar cells to photocatalysts to fusion reactors, with attendant brief descriptions of our unique theoretical methods used to extract insights into the relevant complex phenomena that will determine the efficacy of these technologies.
Emily A. Carter is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeringand the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. She is an associated faculty member in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE), the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). She was the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center from 2010-2016.
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