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As nanoscale materials have become easier to synthesize and their basic structures and properties are better understood, their integration into devices with practical utility at human scales has emerged as the next technological frontier. Breakthroughs in energy-related technologies, in particular, are expected from new advances in nanotechnology. The connection between nanotechnology and energy is inextricable—many unique physical phenomena at the nanoscale occur through confinement of allowable states of basic energy carriers (electrons, phonons, and photons). The consequences of these phenomena are critically important in various areas of energy science and technology.

This workshop will bring together leaders from Indian and US institutions, spearheaded by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and Purdue University, and will highlight the most promising approaches in harnessing the power of nanotechnology in energy-related research. Real progress at the convergence of energy and nanotechnology will require solutions to many fundamental challenges, many of which are related to the scalability, integrability, and energy transport properties of nanomaterials. As with virtually all challenges related to materials and their integration into useful devices, these problems require contributions from a wide range of traditional disciplines in engineering and the physical sciences.

The topics of energy transport, conversion, and efficiency will serve as cross-cutting themes, while the workshop will be organized according to the following sessions:

  • Scalable synthesis of nanomaterials for energy
  • Unique energy transport, conversion, and storage processes in nanomaterials
  • Functionalization and heterogeneous materials integration for energy
  • Nanomaterials and devices for clean energy and energy conservation

This workshop will focus on establishing and strengthening contacts and collaborations among a moderately sized group of key researchers from the US and India, and future mechanisms for extended personnel exchanges.


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