SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis
After 30 years in industry, he is leading a new focus at the lab’s SSRL X-ray light source and looking for ways to build on research strengths at SLAC and Stanford.
Squeezing a platinum catalyst a fraction of a nanometer nearly doubles its catalytic activity, a finding that could lead to better fuel cells and other clean energy technologies.
The discovery could make water splitting, a key step in a number of clean energy technologies, cheaper and more efficient.
The SLAC staff scientist is being honored for using theory and computation to help design new catalysts for generating and storing clean energy.
Adding pressure could improve the performance of solar cells made of perovskites, a promising photovoltaic material.
Their results suggest a more efficient way to store energy from solar and wind power by converting it into renewable fuels.
The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 12 faculty seed grants totaling $2.1 million for groundbreaking research on clean energy, including three grants to SLAC-Stanford collaborations.
SLAC, Stanford scientists discover that bombarding and stretching a catalyst opens holes on its surface and makes it much more reactive. Potential applications include making hydrogen fuel.
SUNCAT and SIMES researchers have received funding from Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project to support research related to generating renewable fuels.
SLAC and the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis supported creation of a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.