2017 Winter Quarter

Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions

Our aging grid infrastructure faces increasing challenges from multiple sources including greater demand variability, stricter environmental regulations and growing cyber security concerns. Advanced smart grid technologies provide possible solutions to tackle these challenges. Meanwhile how to best utilize these new

SPECIAL CEI/DIRECT SEMINAR: Electrochemistry on Nano- and Atomic Levels: Scanning Probe Microscopy Meets Deep Data

Structural and electronic properties of oxide surfaces control their physical functionalities and electrocatalytic activity, and are currently of interest for energy generation and storage applications. In this presentation, I will discuss several examples of high-resolution studies of the electronic and

Inexpensive, Efficient Approaches for Energy Production and Storage

We are interested in developing new synthetic methods for nanoscale materials with applications in energy conversion and storage. We work in three general areas: photovoltaics, hydrogen storage, and Li-ion rechargeable batteries. For this talk, I will focus first on using

The Design, Synthesis and Engineering of Soft Materials for Lithium Batteries

Many components inside of a lithium battery are soft materials. Electrode binders are a critical component of lithium-ion batteries, but have not been emphasized until recently. Without polymer binder, the electrode does not function properly. The emerging high-capacity materials for

2017 Spring Quarter

The Ultimate Limits of Intercalation Reactions for Li-Batteries

Over the last 40 years, lithium batteries have come from a novelty to dominating and enabling not only the power sources for portable electronics, but also those for electric vehicles and now grid storage. Without them, many of today’s electronics

Transportation Electrification: Technologies Towards a Sustainable Future for Transportation Systems

Transportation today consumes over 28% of energy use, produces more than 50% of air pollution, and costs more than $1.5 trillion annually in the US. The transportation sector is the final frontier for achieving the economic and environmental benefits of

The Renaissance of Halide Perovskites: Poor Man’s Semiconductors

There is a renaissance in an old class of materials. Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are a special class of semiconductors that have revolutionized the prospects of emerging photovoltaic technologies in the form of both light harvesters and hole transport materials. The

2015 Spring Quarter

Organic-Inorganic Perovskites for Photovoltaics and Light Emission

Understanding carrier diffusion and recombination mechanisms, as well as ion migration is key to further development and bringing the perovskite technology to commercialization.

Research and Development of Advanced Batteries for Transportation Applications

The current status and direction of the energy storage R&D effort conducted by the DOE Office of Vehicle Technologies.

An Executive’s View of the Changes Driving the Energy Economy

Ronald L. Litzinger is president of Edison Energy, the holding company for Edison International’s competitive businesses in emerging sectors of the electric industry. He is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of competitive subsidiaries that includes SoCore Energy, Edison Transmission and Edison Energy Solutions.

2015 Fall Quarter

Development of Next-Generation Batteries for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Dr. Faguy manages the Applied Battery Research Program, a part of the Hybrid Electric Systems Group in the Vehicle Technologies Office in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Synthesis, Application and Integration of Nanomaterials in Energy Systems

Vincent’s research focuses on the synthesis, application and integration of nanomaterials. His laboratory is devoted to the large-scale production of nanowires and nanocrystals, with an emphasis on colloidal nanomaterials synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes.

Thermochemistry of Redox Active Oxides and its Relevance to Solar Fuel Generation

Laboratories around the world are pursuing a variety of promising strategies for converting solar energy into a reliable energy source for on-demand utilization. Prof. Haile’s recent work on water dissociation for solar-fuel generation by thermochemical processes has created new avenues for harnessing sunlight to meet rising energy demands.

CEI Test Bed Update and Roadmap for the Future

Join the Clean Energy Institute community on Thursday December 10 to hear about the progress of the Clean Energy Institute to date. Get a look at the outcomes of the regional test-bed facility planning sessions and learn about the road ahead from CEI Director Dan Schwartz. A thank you reception for all CEI faculty, students and friends will follow.

Radical Polymer Batteries: Towards High-power, Safe and Flexible Devices

Radical polymers are emerging class of electro-active materials useful for various kinds of wet-type organic-based devices.


Electrochemical Grid Storage: Challenges and Developments

Implementation of new electrical energy storage technologies require major breakthroughs in materials science, chemistry and systems design to further improve performance and cycle life while remaining cost competitive with fossil fuel and other energy storage systems. This presentation presents a broad overview of grid requirements, along with cost effective storage platforms recently supported by ARPA-E.

Charge Dynamics at Interfaces in Next-generation Energy Conversion Materials

Prof. Schlenker will offer new insight into the molecular properties that determine charge carrier dynamics and suggests new strategies for materials design focused on kinetically suppressing recombination energy losses.

Model Based Battery Management System (BMS) for Electric Transportation and Renewable Microgrids

Proactive battery management systems (BMS) and advanced sensing technologies offer an opportunity to significantly reduce the cost and weight of transportation batteries, and circumvent problems arising due to capacity fade and safety concerns. This talk will describe how multiscale electrochemical engineering models, mathematical model reformulation and the use of robust algorithms can alleviate some of these problems to help electrify the transportation industry by improving the range of variables that are predictable and controllable in a battery in real-timewithin an electric vehicle. In addition, preliminary results on aggressive sizing and control strategies for batteries in renewable microgrids will be presented.

Intercalation Pseudocapacitance: A Route Towards Oxide Supercapacitors

Capacitive energy storage offers a number of attractive features including high power capability, fast response times, and long-term cycling.

Toward Fully Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Renewable energy sources are here to stay for a number of important reasons, including global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels. We explore in this presentation how a thermal-dominated electric energy system can be transformed into a renewable-dominated one.

(In)Organic electronics: a world of ubiquitous and crucial interfaces

The potential of organic electronics for relatively cheap and scalable applications in energy conversion, lighting, display, sensing and flexible electronics has been amply demonstrated over the past decade.

Understanding Formation, Operation and Stability of Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Solar Cells

Within the last few years organic-inorganic halide perovskites have risen to become a very promising PV material, captivating the research community. The Clean Energy Institute is pleased to host one of the most recognized global leaders in perovskite research.

2016 Fall Quarter

Is this America’s Sputnik Moment? Re-inventing the Future and Bridging the Basic Applied Dichotomy: The case of clean energy and the National Laboratories

In this talk I will review (1) the compact and rationale for supporting research at the federal level since World War II.  I will discuss the case for a new compact with a particular emphasis on the grand challenges facing

Pressure Transients and Fluctuations in Natural Gas Networks caused by Gas-Electric Coupling

Natural gas-fired generators are often used to balance the fluctuating output of wind generation within electric power transmission systems.  However, the time-varying output of these generators results in time-varying natural gas burn rates that impact the pressure in interstate transmission

Designing Power Markets to Support Optimal Decisions

Restructuring of the power industry was intended to provide incentives for more efficient operation and investment. By “efficiency”, I mean full accounting of all social benefits and costs, so that private incentives and social net benefits. Designers of markets have

Optimization of Electricity and Gas Networks

The design, control, and operation of energy systems typically require the solving of optimization problems over physical laws. The resulting optimization programs are often computationally challenging and increasingly so with the integration of renewable energy, the need for more resilience,

Architecture at the nanoscale: Design principles for next generation catalysts in energy applications

In an increasingly carbon-constrained world, lignocellulosic biomass, natural gas, water, and carbon dioxide have emerged as attractive options to supply energy, fuels, and chemicals at scale in a cleaner and more sustainable manner. However, the unique chemical makeup of these

CANCELLED – SPECIAL SEMINAR: Machine Learning meets Quantum Chemistry

The talk will first briefly introduce machine learning (ML) concepts, before applying them in Quantum chemistry and materials. This will include kernel-based learning methods and deep neural networks. A particular focus will lie on the challenge of interpreting nonlinear machine

SPECIAL SEMINAR: The Paris Agreement and the Path Forward

Dr. Jonathan Pershing is the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State. He will discuss global efforts to combat climate change, including the outcomes of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United

2016 Spring Quarter

Transmission capacity expansion planning

The need for large-scale build-outs for renewables, and the replacement and upgrading of infrastructure, dictates a change to the traditional paradigm of energy transmission that takes advantage of modern optimization techniques.

Toward scalable methods for managing uncertainty under high penetration of renewable energy resources

Professor Anderson is working to integrate renewable energy into existing energy markets.

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds: Capabilities Overview and Timetable for Operations

This seminar will offer an overview of the facility design, timetable, research capabilities and equipment that will be available at the testbeds in early 2017. In addition, the Clean Energy Institute leadership will provide an update of the research training testbed to be part of the new NanoES building.

Structural Dynamics of Surface Reactions: Oxidation and Heterogeneous Catalysis

Recent and rapid developments of in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has demonstrated it to be a transformative tool to gain unique dynamic processing/structure/property relationships of nanomaterials.

Computational Studies of Energy-efficient and Environmentally Friendly Materials

Dr. Wolverton’s research interests include computational studies of a variety of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly materials via first-principles atomistic calculations, high-throughput and data mining tools to accelerate materials discovery, and “multiscale” methodologies for linking atomistic and microstructural scales.

Consequential Energy Systems Analysis: Case Studies on the U.S. Transition Away from Coal

Understanding the climate implications of coal use in the U.S. and how recent regulatory changes may affect the future of the U.S. power system.

2016 Winter Quarter

Disruptive Solar Technologies versus the State of the Art

A discussion of the promise and perhaps false hopes of several potentially disruptive solar technologies, such as new absorber materials, printable functional materials, and tandem module architectures.

Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Optical-to-Electrical Energy Conversion

Recent advances in subwavelength metal optics, e.g. nanophotonics, metamaterials, and plasmonics, provide several new examples where nanostructured metals perform the separate tasks of absorption and charge separation necessary for photovoltaic power conversion.

2015 Winter Quarter

Optimal Power Flow for Future Smart Grid

We envision a future network with hundreds of millions of active endpoints. These are not merely passive loads as are most endpoints today, but endpoints that may generate, sense, compute, communicate, and actuate.

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.