Energy and Nanotechnology
Publications from the Rice Energy Program initiative on Energy Policy and Nanoscience.
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 national 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.
The primary goal of the Baker Institute “Energy and Nanotechnology” initiative is to help broaden public understanding of how scientific disciplines such as nano-science can appear esoteric with little bearing on people’s lives, but, in reality, technologies developed from these fields can have a direct impact, including the potential to help solve the challenge of developing cheaper, more efficient and environmentally sound energy supplies.
A series of Baker Institute “Energy and Nanotechnology” workshops are designed to educate leading nano-scientists about the great technical challenges facing the energy industry today. By bringing together business leaders, policy-makers, media and the scientific community, these workshops will share knowledge already gained from previous studies and gatherings. Rice University is taking the lead in creating a dialogue between nano-science and energy technology experts to share ideas about potential applications from their arena that could lead to resolving both national and international energy predicaments.
Research Presentations are available on the following event pages:
This study was prepared in conjunction with the Baker
Institute Energy Forum, the Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship and
Technology, the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and
and the Energy & Environmental Systems Institute.