Nanoscience at Work: Creating Energy from Sunlight

By A. Paul Alivisatos

University of California - Berkeley

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Professor Paul Alivisatos talks about the Helios Project for the 'Science at the Theater' series at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California on May 14, 2007. He discusses how Helios Project researchers will use nanotechnology in the efficient capture of sunlight and its conversion to electricity to drive economical fuel production processes.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Helios Project concentrates on renewable fuels, such as biofuels, and solar technologies, including a new generation of solar photovoltaic cells and the conversion of electricity into chemical storage to meet future demand.


Paul Alivisatos, photo credit: Roy Kaltschmidt Paul Alivisatos, Co-Leader of The Helios Project, Inorganic Nanostructures Facility Director of the Molecular Foundry, is also the Associate Director for Physical Sciences and director of the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. An authority on artificial nanostructure synthesis and inventor of the quantum dot technology, Paul is the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and a co-founder of several companies, including Quantum Dot and Nanosys. Recipient of many awards, Paul is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Joe Ringgenberg1, Jeffrey B. Neaton2, Jeffrey C Grossman3

1. University of California, Berkeley 2. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology