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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.

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