IAMDN promotes and supports interdisciplinary research activities at Rutgers in fields that address sustainability in energy and environment. Coupled closely with local industry, IAMDN research in batteries and supercapacitors directly addresses energy storage and energy efficiency. In solar technologies, over one dozen faculty carry out innovative research in photovoltaics (PVs), focusing on dye-sensitized inorganic materials, nanotubes/nanowire-enhanced organic PVs, and basic studies of high purity crystalline organic PV materials - all addressing a more efficient and low-cost photovoltaics. A third set of projects explore novel materials for hydrogen storage and fuel cells. Catalysis strongly affects the energy problem – one study considers the structure and function in designer nano-catalysts, another focuses on metathesis catalysts for efficient diesel production. “Green chemistry” projects involving chemical synthesis, environmental remediation and CO2 sequestration add important elements to the expanding energy research agenda at Rutgers. The IAMDN interacts closely with the Rutgers Energy Institute and the Energy Storage Research Group in this exciting and critically relevant area.
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