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Materials for a Sustainable Energy Future

September 9 - December 13, 2013


Organizing Committee | Scientific Overview | Activities

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Organizing Committee

Martin Bazant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Giulia Galli (University of California, Davis (UC Davis), PAT)
Graeme Henkelman (University of Texas at Austin, Department of Chemistry)
Keith Promislow (Michigan State University, Mathematics)
Matthias Scheffler (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Theory Department)

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Scientific Overview

A secure and sustainable energy future that is not based on a fossil-fuel based infrastructure requires the design of new materials for efficient energy conversion, transport, and storage. Indeed, materials development is a rate limiting step in many potential new energy conversion strategies, impacting the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells, the storage capacity and power density of batteries for automobile applications, the synthesis of liquid fuels, and the catalysis and durability of energy conversion in fuel cells.

A key bottle-neck in this historic transition is the wide range of length scales present in the morphology and time scales in the transport phenomena. Serious progress in the development of new materials requires predicative modeling which surmounts the particle-continuum divide. Recent developments in macro-micro modeling, incorporating machine and manifold learning, combined with new classes of continuum models and increases in computational resources, provide a new framework with which to develop a fundamental understanding of complex materials; it is becoming possible to design new materials from first principles.

Creating interactions between people with different expertise and a common goal will facilitate breakthroughs in predictive materials design. This program will bring together researchers from mathematics, physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, biology, computer sciences, and other sciences with the goal to understand the mathematical structure of continuum models governing material properties as well as the electronic, atomic, and molecular structure of such new materials.

Mathematics of Planet Earth
This program is part of the Initiative "Mathematics of Planet Earth" which is an international endeavor involving a wide range of partners and activities.
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Activities

There will be an active program of scientific activities, seminars and workshops throughout the September 9 - December 13, 2013 period and core participants will be in residence at IPAM continuously for these fourteen weeks. The program will open with tutorials, and will be punctuated by four major workshops and a culminating workshop at UCLA's Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Several distinguished senior scientists will be in residence for the entire period. Between the workshops there will be a program of activities involving the long-term and short-term participants, as well as visitors.

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Confirmed Participants

Nikhil Chandra Admal, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Martin Bazant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Berger, Technical University Munich (TUM)
Bjoern Bieniek, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Felix Brockherde, Technische Universität Berlin
Kieron Burke, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Eric Cances, École Nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées
Samuel Chill, University of Texas at Austin
Silvia Comelli, University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)
Maria D'Orsogna, California State University, Northridge (CSU Northridge)
Claudia Draxl, Humboldt-Universität
Juliana Duncan, University of Texas at Austin
Virginie Ehrlacher, École Nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées
Giulia Galli, University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
Carlos Garcia_Cervera, University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara)
Yuan He, University of Texas at Austin
Graeme Henkelman, University of Texas at Austin
Richard Hennig, Cornell University
Nicolas Hoermann, Universität Ulm
Shreyas Honrao, Cornell University
Jakub Kaminski, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Ankita Katre, Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS)
Rupert Klein, Freie Universität Berlin
Anton Kolleck, Technische Universität Berlin
Noa Kraitzman, Michigan State University
Hao Lin, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Xiaoxian Liu, University of Pennsylvania
Mitchell Luskin, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Kiran Mathew, Cornell University
Nahia Mourad, Ecole Nationale Des Ponts et Chaussees (LAMI)
Klaus Mueller, Technische Universität Berlin
Vidvuds Ozolins, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Daniel Packwood, Tohoku University
Zachary Pozun, University of Pittsburgh
Keith Promislow, Michigan State University
Kui Ren, University of Texas at Austin
Norina Richter, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Derya Sahin, University of California, Merced (UC Merced)
Christoph Schaller, Freie Universität Berlin
Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Kristof Schütt, Technische Universität Berlin
Gideon Simpson, Drexel University
Shannon Stauffer, University of Texas at Austin
Robin Stern, Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS)
Mamoru Tanaka, Tohoku University
Mark Tuckerman, New York University
Brian Van Koten, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Linas Vilciauskas, New York University
Jan Vybiral, Technische Universität Berlin
Qiliang Wu, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Yi Xia, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Penghao Xiao, University of Texas at Austin
Qimin Yan, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Chao Yu, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Yi Zeng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Liang Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

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Contact Us:

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Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
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Website: http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/mse2013/

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