At the turn of the 21st Century, the critical shortage of abundant, affordable, and clean energy demands greatly accelerated advances in energy research on materials. Incremental progresses are no longer sufficient; out-of-the-box approaches and radically different, novel technologies based on unexpected scientific discoveries will be essential. Although spectacular discoveries often happen serendipitously, we can still maximize the probability of lucky discoveries by identifying previously unexplored, fertile ground and establishing a wider platform for investigation. The high-pressure dimension can potentially open enormous new areas of energy research for the next-generation breakthroughs in energy sciences. The integrated approach of the proposed Energy Frontier Research Center in high-pressure materials science is the key for realizing this potential. Pressure has long been recognized as a fundamental thermodynamic variable, but its use has previously been limited by the available pressure vessels and probes. The codevelopments of megabar high-pressure techniques and associated in-laboratory and synchrotron methods have opened a vast new window for exploiting the pressure variable in energy research. With the addition of the pressure dimension, we can anticipate a marked increase in the number of materials and phenomena to be discovered compared with all that have been explored at ambient pressure. Our research team led by Professors J. Yarger and E. Soignard will perform high pressure-temperature research to elucidate fundamental materials properties associated with energy producing chemistry.
|Effective start/end date||8/1/09 → 7/31/12|
- US Department of Energy (DOE): $180,000.00