In recent years, "storm clouds" have been forming at the interface of energy resources, environment, and climate change that demand concerted action by scientists, engineers, and policy makers. In this talk I will present a new materials platform based on organic-inorganic hybrids that provides unusual technological opportunities for addressing some of these challenges. Because of their hybrid nature, the properties of the nanocomposites can be tailored over an unusually wide range. These features are advantageous for a broad range of applications, including sorbents for CO2 capture, heat transfer fluids for solar to thermal conversion systems, fluorescent tracers for oil exploration and components for fuel cells and batteries.
Emmanuel P. Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering at Cornell University. He received a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University. His research interests include polymer nanocomposites, nanoparticle fluids, and nanomaterials for fuel cells and batteries. He is currently the Director of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the co-Director of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability.
Giannelis is a member of several organizations and serves or has served on the editorial boards of Small, Polymer, Chemistry of Materials, and Macromolecules. He has delivered more than 400 invited talks and seminars. He is a member of several professional organizations and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is the author or co-author of about 200 papers/book chapters and 11 patents. He is a highly cited author in Materials Science (http://www.ISIHighlyCited.com) and he is listed as one of the top 25 cited authors in Nanotechnology by ISI (http://www.esi-topics.com/nano/index.html).
Norfolk State University