Upcoming Meetings

APS March Meeting 2009

Energy Research Opportunities Workshop

Sunday, March 15, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Westin Hotel - Adjacent to the Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cost: Free

Overview and Goals
This one-day workshop for graduate students and postdocs highlighted the contributions physics-related research can make towards meeting the nation's energy needs in environmentally friendly ways. It was aimed at young physicists who are concerned about the environment and who would like to find ways to use their scientific and quantitative skills to help meet the challenges that the world faces.

U.S. Department of Energy Logo

The workshop featured plenary talks by leaders in the field of energy research. After an overview talk, there were six talks on different cutting-edge research areas. Each talk was aimed at the level of physics graduate students who are not experts in energy research. The goal of the workshop was to show physics graduate students and postdocs how they can contribute to energy and environmental solutions while doing exciting scientific research.

APS was approved for a Department of Energy for financial support for this workshop.

Energy Workshop Talks

Speaker & Plenary Talk Title: George Crabtree, Argonne National Lab
Overview » 

Talk I: Harry Atwater, Caltech
Compound Semiconductor and Multi-junction Solar Cells »

Talk II: Garry Rumbles, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Recent Advances in Organic Photovoltaics

Talk III: Mark Verbugge, General Motors
Batteries for Transportation »

Talk IV: Channing Ahn, Caltech
Vehicular Hydrogen Storage with Sorbent Materials »

Talk V: Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Lab
Solid State Lighting »

Talk VI: John Sarrao, Los Alamos National Lab
Superconductivity: Challenges and Opportunities for Our Energy Future »