History

BES Reports

In 2001, the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) conducted a far reaching study to assess the scope of fundamental scientific research that must be considered to address the DOE missions in energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, improved use of fossil fuels, safe and publicly acceptable nuclear energy, future energy sources, and reduced environmental impacts of energy production and use. The scientific community responded to this BESAC study with enthusiasm through participation in a week-long workshop, whose results were published in early 2003 in the report, Basic Research Needs to Assure a Secure Energy Future. That report inspired a series of follow-on workshops, which together attracted more than 1,500 participants from universities, industry, and DOE laboratories. The Energy Frontier Research Centers directly address the use-inspired basic research needs articulated in the resulting Workshop Reports.


Basic Research Needs for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Oak Ridge National Laboratory G. Malcolm Stocks Center for Defect Physics in Structural Materials (CDP)
2009-2014 Los Alamos National Laboratory Michael Nastasi (8/2009 - 11/2011); Amit Misra (12/2011 - 7/2014) Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes (CMIME)
2009-2014 Idaho National Laboratory Dieter Wolf (9/2009 - 5/2010); Todd Allen (6/2010 - 7/2014) Center for Materials Science of Nuclear Fuel (CMSNF)
2009-2014 University of South Carolina Kenneth Reifsnider Heterogeneous Functional Materials Center (HeteroFoaM)

Basic Research Needs: Catalysis for Energy

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Louisiana State University James Spivey Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design (CALCD)
2009-2014 Arizona State University Devens Gust Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel)
2009-2014 University of Virginia T. Brent Gunnoe Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF)
2009-2014 General Electric Global Research Grigorii Soloveichik Center for Electrocatalysis, Transport Phenomena and Materials for Innovative Energy Storage (CETM)
2009-2014 Stanford University Fritz Prinz and Stacey Bent Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)
2009-2014 Cornell University Hector D. Abruna Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2)
2009-2014 Argonne National Laboratory Christopher L. Marshall Institute for Atom-Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT)

Basic Research Needs for Clean and Efficient Combustion of 21st Century Transportation Fuels

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Richard Sayre (8/2009 - 9/2011); Jan Jaworski (10/2011 - 7/2014) Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems (CABS)
2009-2014 Louisiana State University James Spivey Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design (CALCD)
2009-2014 University of Virginia T. Brent Gunnoe Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF)
2009-2014 Princeton University Chung K. Law Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center (CEFRC)

Basic Research Needs for Electrical Energy Storage

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 General Electric Global Research Grigorii Soloveichik Center for Electrocatalysis, Transport Phenomena and Materials for Innovative Energy Storage (CETM)
2009-2014 University of California, Santa Barbara John Bowers Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM)
2009-2014 Stanford University Fritz Prinz and Stacey Bent Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)
2009-2014 Cornell University Hector D. Abruna Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2)
2009-2014 University of South Carolina Kenneth Reifsnider Heterogeneous Functional Materials Center (HeteroFoaM)
2009-2014 University of California, Los Angeles Vidvuds Ozolins Molecularly Engineered Energy Materials (MEEM)
2009-2014 University of Texas, Austin Paul Barbara (8/2009 - 10/2010); Xiaoyang Zhu (11/2010 - 5/2012); Peter Rossky (6/2012 - 7/2014) Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials (CST)

Basic Research Needs for the Hydrogen Economy

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Louisiana State University James Spivey Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design (CALCD)
2009-2014 Arizona State University Devens Gust Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel)
2009-2014 General Electric Grigorii Soloveichik Center for Electrocatalysis, Transport Phenomena and Materials for Innovative Energy Storage (CETM)
2009-2014 Global Research
Cornell University
Hector D. Abruna Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2)

Basic Research Needs for Materials under Extreme Environments

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Arizona State University Devens Gust Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel)
2009-2014 Oak Ridge National Laboratory G. Malcolm Stocks Center for Defect Physics in Structural Materials (CDP)
2009-2014 Los Alamos National Laboratory Michael Nastasi (8/2009 - 11/2011); Amit Misra (12/2011 - 7/2014) Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes (CMIME)
2009-2014 Idaho National Laboratory Dieter Wolf (9/2009 - 5/2010); Todd Allen (6/2010 - 7/2014) Center for Materials Science of Nuclear Fuel (CMSNF)
2009-2014 University of South Carolina Kenneth Reifsnider Heterogeneous Functional Materials Center (HeteroFoaM)
2009-2014 Michigan State University Donald T. Morelli Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion (RMSSEC)

Basic Research Needs for Solar Energy Utilization

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Richard Sayre (8/2009 - 9/2011); Jan Jaworski (10/2011 - 7/2014) Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems (CABS)
2009-2014 Arizona State University Devens Gust Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel)
2009-2014 University of California, Santa Barbara John Bowers Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM)
2009-2014 University of Southern California P. Daniel Dapkus Center for Energy Nanoscience (CEN)
2009-2014 University of Arizona Neal R. Armstrong Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials (CISSEM)
2009-2014 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Alex Zunger (8/2009 - 5/2011); William Tumas (6/2011 - 7/2014) Center for Inverse Design (CID)
2009-2014 Stanford University Fritz Prinz and Stacey Bent Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)
2009-2014 University of Michigan Peter F. Green Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC)
2009-2014 Sandia National Laboratories Jerry Simmons (8/2009 - 10/2011); Michael E. Coltrin (11/2011 - 7/2014) EFRC for Solid State Lighting Science (SSLS)
2009-2014 University of California, Los Angeles Vidvuds Ozolins Molecularly Engineered Energy Materials (MEEM)
2009-2014 University of Massachusetts Thomas P. Russell and Paul Lahti Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy (PHaSE)
2009-2014 Columbia University James Yardley Re-Defining Photovoltaic Efficiency Through Molecule Scale Control (RPEMSC)
2009-2014 Michigan State University Donald T. Morelli Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion (RMSSEC)
2009-2014 University of Texas, Austin Paul Barbara (8/2009 - 10/2010); Xiaoyang Zhu (11/2010 - 5/2012); Peter Rossky (6/2012 - 7/2014) Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials (CST)

Basic Research Needs for Solid State Lighting

Years Lead Institution Director(s) Center Name
2009-2014 University of California, Santa Barbara John Bowers Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM)
2009-2014 University of Southern California P. Daniel Dapkus Center for Energy Nanoscience (CEN)
2009-2014 University of Michigan Peter F. Green Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC)
2009-2014 Sandia National Laboratories Jerry Simmons (8/2009 - 10/2011); Michael E. Coltrin (11/2011 - 7/2014) EFRC for Solid State Lighting Science (SSLS)
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