The last century witnessed the development of two classes of materials—polymers and semiconductors—that dramatically changed people’s lives. A new class of materials—nanomaterials—has emerged with the potential to create a wide range of new technologies because of their unique combination of properties. For example, semiconductor nanowires have attributes of polymers like mechanical flexibility, light-weight and low cost, combined with the useful electronic and optical properties of semiconductors into one material. This presentation will highlight nanomaterials we have been studying for lithium ion battery and photovoltaics applications in particular and some of the challenges facing commercial use.
Brian A. Korgel is the T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from UCLA in 1997 and was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, Université Josef Fourier in France and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, has co-founded two companies, Innovalight and Piñon Technologies, and serves as an Associate Editor for Chemistry of Materials. He has published more than 220 papers and has received various honors.
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