Short Course on Polymers for Energy Generation and Storage at the American Physical Society

CEC faculty member Jeremy Meyers will present at the American Physical Society short course "Polymers for Energy Generation and Storage" on March 13–14, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

Polymers can be used for active layers in cheaper, lighter energy storage and generation devices. Researchers are seeking an ability to control of morphology at the nanometer scale and a deeper understanding of transport processes in these materials, and there has been intense research into the solid state physics and electrochemistry of devices that use polymer materials for energy conversion or energy storage.

The short course provides a background in the basic device physics of both organic photovoltaics and batteries. The target audience is primarily graduate students, postdocs, and young scientists with some knowledge of polymer physics. The forum provides a basic foundation of knowledge as well as a deeper discussion of outstanding problems and avenues of research in energy relevant polymers. Each half of the course begins by covering the basic underlying physics of energy storage and generation devices, and transport of charged species. Then our current understanding of the thermodynamics, morphology, self-assembly, and mechanisms of charge transport within these systems is outlined, with significant time reserved for discussion of gaps in current understanding and promising areas for future research. The schedule is designed to allow plenty of time for discussion and interaction.

Program topics include:

Energy Generation - Photovoltaics

  • Basic PV Operation & Basic Intro to Optical Excitations- Jenny Nelson, Imperial College
  • Basic Electrical Transport - Gary Rumbles, NREL
  • Basic PV structures -  Mike Chabinyc, UCSB
  • Polymer Physics - Rachel Segalman, UC Berkeley

Energy Storage - Batteries

  • Basic Battery Operation- Paul Albertus, Bosch
  • Basic Electrochemistry - Jeremy Meyers, University of Texas at Austin
  • Polymer Electrodes - Hiroyuki Nishide, Waseda University
  • Polymer Electrolytes - Nitash Balsara, UC Berkeley