Professor Emily A. Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.
ABSTRACT: Efficient, clean, sustainable production of fuels and electricity is one of the great technological challenges of our time. My research is concerned with developing and applying accurate first principles quantum mechanics techniques to help identify robust, efficient, and inexpensive materials that will enable sustainable energy generation. This lecture will give selected examples from my research, ranging from improved materials for solar cells to photocatalysts to fusion reactors, with attendant brief descriptions of our unique theoretical methods used to extract insights into the relevant complex phenomena that will determine the efficacy of these technologies.
This lecture is hosted by the Duke University Chemistry Department, Physics Department and the Duke University Chapter of Sigma Xi.