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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Research

 

NANOTECHNOLOGY & ENERGY
Nanoscience Contributes to Breakthrough Sustainability
 

Team 

Rick Smalley, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Neal Lane, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Rice University
Wade Adams, Ph.D., Smalley Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University
Dagobert Brito, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Steven Currall, Ph.D., Jones Business School, Rice University
Peter Hartley, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Robert Hauge, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Rice University
Amy Myers Jaffe, Baker Institute Fellow, Rice University

Project Background 

Advancement of nanotechnology solutions can be an integral component in meeting global energy challenges. This project will support three joint science and policy seminars that will investigate the potential for nanoscience to contribute to funding breakthrough solutions, jointly sponsored by the Shell Center, the Environmental & Energy Systems Institute, the Center for Nanoscale Science Technology, and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Project Update 

The first seminar investigated the potential for nanoscience to contribute to solar energy. The second seminar investigates the potential for nanoscience to contribute to enhancing electricity transmission grids, transportation and storage. The third seminar investigates hydrogen storage problems and possible solutions that nanoscience can offer.

Publications

Environmental Nanotechnology: Applications and Impacts of Nanomaterials:
http://www.mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071477500

Energy and Nanotechnology (Baker Institute):
http://bakerinstitute.org/programs/energy-forum/publications/energy-studies/energynanotechnology.html

For more information, visit: 

http://www.rice.edu/energy/research/energyprogram/nanotechnology.html 

 http://www.rice.edu/energy/publications/energynanotechnology.html#_srategy 

Outreach Activities 

Energy & Nanotechnology Workshop: Prospects for Solar Energy in the 21st Century
October 15-17, 2004

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