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APS March Meeting 2010

Energy Research Opportunities Workshop

Sunday, March 14, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center

Cost: Free

Overview and Goals
This one-day workshop was 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.

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 provide information to physics graduate students and postdocs on how they can contribute to energy and environmental solutions while doing exciting scientific research.

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APS received a grant from the Department of Energy for financial support for this workshop. Some travel expense assistance was made available. Reception sponsored by Journal on Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Debra Rolison, NRL

Focus of Discussion:

  1. How does one enter the field of energy research? What are the prerequisites?
  2. What is the funding outlook for energy research?


  • Linda Horton, Department of Energy
  • Dave Carlson, BP Solar
  • Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT
  • George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Garry Rumbles, NREL

Energy Workshop Talks

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

Talk I: Dave Carlson, BP Solar
The Status and Future of the Photovoltaics Industry »

Talk II: Dave Ginley, NREL
Thin Film PV Challenges for Terawatt Production – Emerging Technologies »

Talk III: Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT
Energy Storage »

Talk IV: Karen Swider-Lyons, NRL
Fuel Cells: Research Opportunities and Applications »

Talk V: Sally Benson, Stanford
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations »

Talk VI: Ernie Moniz, MIT
Energy Technology and Policy »

Program Committee

Julia Hsu (Chair)
Sandia Natl Labs

George Crabtree
Argonne Natl Lab

Garry Rumbles
National Renewable Energy Lab

Marc Kastner

Debra Rolison
Naval Research Laboratory

Ken Cole
APS Staff/Workshop Coordinator


Contact Ken Cole, (301) 209-3288, cole@aps.org for more information about the workshop.