2014 Graduate Fellows / Graduate Fellows

Mike Pegis

Graduate Student, Chemistry

Metalloporphyrin Nanowires for the ORR: Molecular Control over an Ordered, Mesoscale Material

Did you know that the earth absorbs more energy from the sun in one hour than humans can use in an entire year? The problem we face is how to collect and use solar energy in a sustainable and scale-able manner. Fundamentally, energy comes from the flow of electrons. Therefore, controlling the delivery of electrons can increase the efficiency of both energy storage and utilization. My research focuses on the development of molecular “highways” to promote efficient electron transfer. This approach can benefit both energy storage and delivery by maximizing the flow of electrons in the direction(s) desired. As a young, energy-conscious individual who hopes to become a professor, I am grateful to be directly involved in the Clean Energy Institute where I can work with fellow graduate students on a global problem.

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.