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Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications

Categories: Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
Speaker: Prof. Dimitris Niarchos, Director and President, NCSR “Demokritos”
Date & Time: October 15, 2009 - 10:00am
Location: CCR 201, McLaren Center for Ceramic Research Bldg.

The need for energy in the world is projected to grow by 60% over the next 50 years due to the fact that developing countries raise their standard of living. This energy demand must be supplied considering various sources. The materials that will be used for production, storage, transportation must comply with the need to limit the environmental impact and improve the process efficiency.

Traditionally materials play a significant role in energy sector in the form of thermal shielding and corrosion resistance in reactive environments, and also in growing areas related to piezoelectric, electrochemical, thermoelectric, and photocatalytic processes.

Many advances needed to develop new materials are expected to result from developments in nanotechnology. Nanostructured materials are expected to display novel properties based on physical phenomena such as shortened diffusion lengths due to particle size, different phase equilibria and quantum confinement.

We will present special cases of materials that are promising to improve the energy production and storage, such as solar and fuel cells, thermoelectric, piezoelectrics, hydrogen storage, nanocomposites, etc.


Bio - Prof. Dimitris Niarchos

Dr. D. Niarchos, is an internationally recognized materials scientist and has assumed the leadership of the NCSR "Demokritos" as of May 9th 2005. He received his B.Sc (1972) and Ph. D (1978) from the Department of Physics of the University of Athens, Greece. He became a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the University of Chicago in 1979 and in 1981 was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Illinois until 1985, then returned to Greece as a scientist at the Institute of Materials Science of the NCSR "Demokritos". In 1994 he was elected as Director of the Institute of Materials Science and from 1996-1999 as Vice President of the Center. He also has been Associate Professor of the University Joseph Fourier- CNRS-Lab Lois Neel, Grenoble France in 1989.

His Scientific activities cover a wide span of the materials science and are summarized below: Nanostructured Magnetic Materials, Superconducting Materials, Magnetic MEMS , Left-Handed Magnetic Materials, Combinatorial Magnetic Materials synthesis, Energy.

He managed his own portfolio of research grants in excess of 8 M€ and has co-authored more than 350 publications in refereed journals, with more than 3000 citations and more than 150 publications in domestic and foreign workshops and summer schools. He has supervised 19 PhD students and 11 Masters Theses.

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