Energy and Nanotechnology: Strategy for the Future

In light of repeating oil supply disruptions and emerging environmental pressures, the international energy industry and scientific community are looking to non-conventional solutions to confront our ongoing energy security concerns. Energy is not just a critical concern to the United States, but also a global one. Among the most important technical challenges facing the world in the 21st century is providing clean, affordable energy, whose supply is sustainable and universally available. A solution to the global energy problem will require revolutionary new technology, as well as conservation and evolutionary improvements in existing technologies.

Advancement of nanotechnology solutions can be an integral component to solving the energy problem. Breakthroughs in nanotechnology open up the possibility of moving beyond our current alternatives for energy supply by introducing technologies that are more efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally sound. The benefits of such technology will not be confined to the United States or the developed world; indeed, its impact will be greatest for the 1.6 billion individuals around the globe, most specifically the poor, who lack access to electricity and other vital energy services.


Event Agenda and Presentations

May 2, 2003

5:00 pm Opening Session

Welcome Address by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senator, Texas

Opening Reception


May 3, 2003

8:00 am Welcome Remarks
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Baker Institute

Energy Policy and Societal Impact

"Our Energy Challenge"
Dr. Richard Smalley, Nobel Laureate (Chemistry, 1996); Director, Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory, University Professor, Gene & Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Physics, Rice University

Richard Russell, Associate Director for Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States

"Strategic Energy Policy"
William White, President and CEO, The Wedge Group

"State of the Nation's Energy Policies"
Carl Michael Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

"Creating Science and Technology Initiatives: A History of the National Nanotechnology Initiative"
Thomas A. Kalil, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology, UC Berkeley

11:30 am Lunch

Afternoon Session - America's Energy Future

"Technology and Economic Development: Promoting the Formation of New Nanotechnology Start-up Companies"
Dr. Steven Currall, William & Stephanie Sick Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Management, Psychology, and Statistics; Founding Director, Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship

"Challenges for Oil and Gas: Can the Miracle Continue?"
Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman, Simmons & Company International

"The Geopolitics of Energy"
Fareed Mohamedi, Chief Economist, PFC Energy

"The Transportation Challenge"
Jeremy Rifkin, Author, The Hydrogen Economy; President, The Foundation on Economic Trends

Afternoon Break

"Energy Implications of Global Climate Stabilization"
Dr. Martin Hoffert, Professor of Physics, New York University


May 4, 2003

Morning Session - Energy Choices: Possibilities and Barriers - Fossil Fuels

"National Nanotechnology Initiative on Energy: Our Mission"
Dr. Wade Adams, Director of Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University

Oil and Natural Gas Panel Discussion

"Energy and Nanotechnology: Strategy for the Future"
Dr. Wolfgang Schollnberger, Technology Vice President, BP

"Nano, P2P, & Innervation of Energy Infrastructure"
Dr. Roger Anderson and Dr. Albert Boulanger, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. Lee Estep, Senior Scientist, Lockheed Martin Space Operations-Stennis Programs


"Natural Gas Technologies for the Future"
Melanie Kenderdine, Vice President, Washington Operations, Gas Technology Institute


"The Heat of the Earth (part I)"
"Hot Rocks Capacity (part II)"
Dr. Yoram Shoham, Vice President External Technology Relations, Shell International Exploration and Production, Inc.

Methane Hydrates

"Methane Recovery from Gas Hydrates"
Dr. Walter Chapman, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Rice University

"Marine Gas Hydrates: A Future Energy Resource?"
Dr. Gerald R. Dickens, Associate Professor, Earth Science, Rice University

Carbon Sequestration

"Clean Coal Technology: Achievements and Future"
William E. Fernald, Portfolio Manager, Office of Coal Fuels & Industrial Systems, U.S. Department of Energy

"Carbon Sequestration"
Dr. Julio Friedmann, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Geology, University of Maryland


1:00 pm Continued - Energy Choices: Possibilities and Barriers - Renewables, Fission, and Fusion

"Scaleable Solar Energy Technology"
Dr. Nathan S. Lewis, George L. Argyros Chair and Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

"The Promise and the Challenge of Space Solar Power"
Dr. John Mankins, Manager, Advanced Space Concepts, NASA

"Lunar Solar Power System"
Dr. David Criswell, Director, Institute for Space Systems Operations, University of Houston

Dr. Ernie Moniz, Professor of Physics, MIT

"(Magnetic) Fusion Energy"
Dr. Robert Goldston, Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

3:20 pm Continued - Energy Choices: Possibilities and Barriers - Efficiency Electrical Systems

"Nanotechnology for Energy Efficiency and Utilization"
Dr. Terry Michalske, Director, The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies
Sandia National Laboratories

"Nanoscale Energy Conversion by Selective Electron Emission: A New Paradigm or Maxwell"s Demon Revisited?"
Dr. Timothy S. Fisher, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering , Purdue University

Electrical Grids

"Electrical Grids"
Dr. John Stringer, Director, Materials and Chemistry Department, EPRI

"HVDC Transmission: Part of the Energy Solution?"
Dr. Peter Hartley, Chairman, Department of Economics, Rice University


"Fuel Cells: Transportation and Other Applications"
Dr. Kenneth R. Stroh, Program Manager, Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, and Transportation Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory

"Hydrogen Storage for Transportation Applications"
Dr. Jim Wang, Program Manager, Analytical Materials Science Department, Sandia National Laboratories

6:00 pm Closing Plenary Address

Introduction by Dr. Neal Lane, Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and University Professor, Rice University

"Thinking Out of the Box on Energy Solutions"
Dean Kamen, Chairman, Segway LLC; President, DEKA Research and Development


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Fri, May. 2 - Sat, May. 3, 2003
9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago