All Seminars:

The Ups and Downs of Umbrella Constraint Discovery in Electricity Generation

Details: Thursday, February 6 4:00 – 5:00 PM Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA) A110
Reception: in PAA at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

Recent work on umbrella constraint discovery (UCD) has shown great promise in streamlining the solution of security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problems. The solution of the UCD problem itself is not trivial, however. In this talk, we present a significant, yet simple, improvement to the decomposition approach used to solve UCD.

Perspectives on Our Energy Future

Details: Thursday November 11, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 PM (HUB)
Reception: immediately following lecture

Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. This talk provided Prof. Dresselhaus’ perspectives on this challenge in general terms and on how nanoscience and new nano-materials may contribute to addressing this challenge.

Soft Generators that Harvest Energy From Renewable Sources

Details: Thursday, January 16 4:00 – 5:00 PM Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA) A110
Reception: in PAA at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

When stretched, a thin membrane of a dielectric elastomer expands its area and reduces its thickness. The deformation can increase the electric capacitance of the membrane over a thousand times.

Optimal Power Flow for Future Smart Grid

Details: Thursday, February 13 4:00 – 5:00 PM Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA) A110
Reception: in PAA at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

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.

Scaling Clean Energy Production -A Materials Grand Challenge

Details: Thursday, March 6 4:00 – 5:00 PM Kane Hall
Reception: Outside Kane Hall 102 at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

Dr. Cyrus Wadia will reflect on his experiences in government, academia and industry to articulate a new set of grand challenges toward the expansion of clean-energy and accelerated deployment of advanced materials.

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research: Beyond Li-ion Batteries

Details: Thursday, May 8 4:00 – 5:00 PM Electrical Engineering Bldg.(EEB 125)
Reception: in EEB at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) develops transformational concepts and technologies for portable electricity storage for transportation and stationary electric storage for the electricity grid.

Interface Science of Organic Photovoltaics

Details: Tuesday May 13 4:00 – 5:00 PM Kane Hall 110
Reception: at 3:30 p.m. in Kane Hall lobby prior to start of lecture

In this lecture, challenges and opportunities in organic photovoltaic interface science are illustrated for four specific and interrelated areas of research: 1) controlling charge transport across hard matter(electrode)-soft matter interfaces in organic photovoltaic cells, 2) controlling charge transport by specific active layer orientational organization at electrodes, 3) controlling exciton dynamics and carrier generation at donor-acceptor interfaces in the active layer, 4) designing transparent conducting electrodes with improved properties.

Managing Variable Renewable Resources in the Smart Grid

Details: Thursday, May 22 4:00 – 5:00 PM Electrical Engineering Building 125
Reception: outside EEB 125 at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

This presentation will give an overview of the existing challenges to integrate variable renewable resources within the electric power grid.

Light Material Interactions for High Efficiency Solar Energy Conversion

Details: Thursday, April 3 4:00 – 5:00 PM Electrical Engineering Building 125
Reception: in EEB at 3:30 PM prior to start of lecture

In his lecture, Prof. Atwater discussed methods for systematically addressing the efficiency losses in current photovoltaics through micro- and nanoscale light management that can enable a next phase of photovoltaic science and engineering – ultrahigh efficiency photovoltaics.

Electrochemical Grid Storage: Challenges and Developments

Details: Thursday, October 9 4-5 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 125
Reception: in EEB at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday October 30, 4 -5 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 125
Reception: in EEB lobby at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday November 6, 4-5 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 125
Reception: in EEB lobby at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday, January 15 4-5 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 125
Reception: in EEB at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday, Jan. 29, 4 – 5 p.m. Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) 125
Reception: in EEB at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday, February 12 4-5 p.m. Kane Hall 225 (Walker-Ames Room)
Reception: in Kane 225 at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

Details: Thursday, April 9 2-3p.m. HUB South Ballroom (HUB 211B)
Reception: at 1:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture in HUB 211B

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.

Organic-Inorganic Perovskites for Photovoltaics and Light Emission

Details: Wednesday, April 15 2-3 p.m., Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building (MOL) 315
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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

Details: Thursday May 7, Time TBD, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building (MOL)
Reception:

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

Details: Thursday May 21, 4 - 5 p.m., Kane Hall 110
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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.

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

Details: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4 p.m. (Bagley 154)
Reception: at 3:30, prior to the start of the lecture

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

Details: Thursday, November 5 , 2015 4 p.m. (Bagley 154)
Reception: starting at 3:30 prior to the start of the lecture

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

Details: Thursday, November 12, 4 p.m. Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 p.m., prior to the start of the lecture

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

Details: Thursday, December 10, 4 p.m. (HUB)
Reception: at 5 p.m. following the presentation

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.

Disruptive Solar Technologies versus the State of the Art

Details: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4 p.m. (Johnson 175)
Reception: at 3:30 prior to the start of the seminar.

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

Details: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4 p.m. (Johnson 175)
Reception: at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the seminar.

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.

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

Details: Thursday, January 28, 4 p.m. (Johnson 175)
Reception:

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

Transmission capacity expansion planning

Details: Thursday, March 3, 2016 (Johnson 175)
Reception: at 3:30 prior to the start of the seminar.

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

Details: Thursday April 28, 2016 (Johnson 075)
Reception: at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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

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

Details: Thursday May 5, 2016 (Johnson 075)
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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.

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

Details: Thursday, February 4, 2016 4 p.m. (Johnson 175)
Reception: at 3:30 p.m., prior to the start of the seminar.

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.

Computational Studies of Energy-efficient and Environmentally Friendly Materials

Details: Thursday May 26, 2016 (Johnson 075)
Reception: at 3:30 p.m. prior to the start of the lecture.

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.

Structural Dynamics of Surface Reactions: Oxidation and Heterogeneous Catalysis

Details: Thursday May 19, 2016 (Johnson 075)
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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.

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

Details: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, 4PM – 5 PM, Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture outside Bagley 154

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

Details: Thursday Oct. 6, 2016, 4 PM -5 PM, Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture outside Bagley 154

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

Details: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 4PM – 5 PM, Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture outside Bagley 154

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

Details: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 4 PM - 5 PM, Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture outside Bagley 154

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

Details: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, 4 PM - 5 PM, Bagley 154
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to lecture outside Bagley 154

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

Details: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Gowen 301
Reception: Light refreshments will be provided

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

Details: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, 12 PM - 1:00 PM, Anderson 223
Reception:

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

Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions

Details: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 4 PM - 5 PM, Johnson 102
Reception: at 3:30 pm prior to the lecture in JHN 102

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

Details: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Johnson 102
Reception: at 3:30 pm prior to the lecture in JHN 102

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

Details: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, 4 PM - 5PM, Johnson 102
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture in JHN 102

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

Details: Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017, 4 PM - 5 PM, Johnson 102
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture in JHN 102

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

The Ultimate Limits of Intercalation Reactions for Li-Batteries

Details: Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017, 4PM – 5 PM, Johnson 075
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture outside Johnson 075

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

Details: Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017, 4PM – 5 PM, Johnson 075
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture at Johnson 075

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

Energy from Waste Heat: How Thermoelectric Materials are Designed and Used

Details: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 4PM – 5 PM, Johnson 075
Reception: at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture at Johnson 075

Recent advancements in thermoelectric materials involving nanostructuring semiconductors have created large excitement and highlighted the technology’s potential for energy efficiency and heat management on a commercial scale.  Nanostructuring is the process of embedding suitable second phase, in nanocrystalline form, inside

“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