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Micro, nano and sub-nano materials for energy and environmental applications

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  • UserProf. Alexander Orlov, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stony Brook University
  • ClockTuesday 28 July 2015, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseHaworth Building 203.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti.

Environmental nanotechnology and nanomaterials for energy are very exciting fields, which can potentially resolve many pressing problems of the current industrial progress. Our group works on novel nanometer and sub-nanometer catalysts for sustainable energy applications, new generation of ceramic membranes and emerging applications of concrete and agricultural waste as environmental adsorbents. By using synchrotron radiation facilities at the Brookhaven National Lab and new generation of electron microscopy techniques, we try to understand structures of these new materials at the atomic scale, while attempting to explain their properties by using the DFT calculations. Supported by the Materials Genome Initiative and 5 NSF grants these efforts have already produced new nanometer and sub-nanometer materials with unprecedented level of performance. However, many recent failures in commercialization of nanotechnology show that scaling up nanoparticles to practical production scale is an uphill battle. In addition to examples of new nanomaterials and nanostructured materials, this presentation will also illustrate the pathways for scaling up materials synthesis to commercially viable scales.

This talk is part of the Seminars on Advanced Materials series.

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