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10.12.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: Beyond the Transistor

EFRC researchers fabricate a novel device for channeling light. This work, featured in the Office of Science's Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI), an EFRC led by Harry Atwater at Caltech and the Center for Energy Nanoscience (CEN), an EFRC led by Daniel Dapkus at the University of Southern California. Read More »

09.19.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: More Heat than Light?

Breakthrough solar cell harvests electricity from the sun's thermal energy. This work, featured in the Office of Science’s Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by the Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC), an EFRC led by Gang Chen at MIT. Read More »

09.06.11

September 2011 EFRC Newsletter

The 2nd edition of Frontiers in Energy ResearchExternal link, the EFRC Newsletter created by an editorial board of early career EFRC members, was published online in September 2011. Read More »

09.01.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: Peering into a Quantum Well

Supercomputer simulation illuminates mysterious "droop" in solid-state lighting. This work, featured in the Office of Science’s Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by the Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM), an EFRC led by John Bowers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Read More »

08.24.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: Beating Nature at her Own Game?

New catalyst speeds conversion of electricity to hydrogen fuel. This work, featured in the Office of Science’s Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME), an EFRC led by Morris Bullock at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read More »

07.07.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: Trapping the Light Fantastic

New solar cell design uses advanced optics and nanotechnology to maximize performance and minimize cost. Discovery moves from lab bench to initial commercial scale-up inside a year. This work, featured in the Office of Science’s Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI), an EFRC led by Harry Atwater at Caltech. Read More »

05.16.11

Stories of Discovery & Innovation: Scientists Create World’s Smallest Battery

Effort yields insights that could improve battery performance. This work, featured in the Office of Science’s Stories of Discovery & Innovation, was supported by Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES), an EFRC led by Gary Rubloff at the University of Maryland. Read More »

05.02.11

May 2011 EFRC Newsletter


The 1rst edition of Frontiers in Energy ResearchExternal link, the EFRC Newsletter created by an editorial board of early career EFRC members, was published online in May 2011.

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09.20.10

NPR's Science Friday discussed lighting economics with Sandia National Laboratory's EFRC

Jerry Simmons, director of the EFRC for Solid-State Lighting Science at Sandia National Laboratory, discussed the economics of LED lighting on the September 10th edition of NPR's Science Friday. The story was also covered by Scientific American, The Economist, and The New York Times. Read More »

11.21.09

Notre Dame EFRC featured during nationally televised football half-time show

NBC aired a video feature of the EFRC Materials Science of Actinides, directed by Peter Burns at Notre Dame, during the half-time of the November 21, 2009 Notre Dame football game. Read More »