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Posted: March 12, 2009

April workshop takes aim at obstacles to nanotechnology energy technologies

(Nanowerk News) Most processes governing the generation, conversion, and transport of energy occur at the nanoscale. Exploring the new measurement and materials’ characterization techniques needed to apply nanotechnology effectively to global energy challenges is the aim of an international workshop on April 26-28, 2009, at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany in New York.
Sponsors and organizers of the Nanoscale Measurement Challenges for Energy Applications Global Workshop include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and CNSE.
Progress in nanotechnology is considered essential to significantly improving energy efficiency, increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and reducing climate and environmental impacts. However, accelerating the development of anticipated nanotechnology-enabled solutions to these and other energy needs requires improved or entirely new tools for measuring structure and properties at the nanoscale.
Sessions will scope out and prioritize measurement challenges in solar photovoltaics, energy generation and storage, solid-state lighting, and other areas. Speakers will be nanotechnology and energy experts from government, academia, and industry, including FEI, First Solar, General Electric, and General Motors. Abstract submissions for poster presentations will be accepted until March 20.
Source: NIST