Birck Nanotechnology Center

Symposium on Nanomaterials for Energy

April 16-17, 2012

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

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As nanoscale materials have become easier to synthesize and their basic structures and properties are better understood, their integration into devices with practical utility at human scales has emerged as the next technological frontier. Breakthroughs in energy-related technologies, in particular, are expected from new advances in nanotechnology. The connection between nanotechnology and energy is inextricable—many unique physical phenomena at the nanoscale occur through confinement of allowable states of basic energy carriers (electrons, phonons, and photons). The consequences of these phenomena are critically important in various areas of energy science and technology.

This workshop will bring together leaders from Indian and US institutions, spearheaded by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and Purdue University, and will highlight the most promising approaches in harnessing the power of nanotechnology in energy-related research. Real progress at the convergence of energy and nanotechnology will require solutions to many fundamental challenges, many of which are related to the scalability, integrability, and energy transport properties of nanomaterials. As with virtually all challenges related to materials and their integration into useful devices, these problems require contributions from a wide range of traditional disciplines in engineering and the physical sciences.

The topics of energy transport, conversion, and efficiency will serve as cross-cutting themes, while the workshop will be organized according to the following sessions:

  • Scalable synthesis of nanomaterials for energy
  • Unique energy transport, conversion, and storage processes in nanomaterials
  • Functionalization and heterogeneous materials integration for energy
  • Nanomaterials and devices for clean energy and energy conservation

This workshop will focus on establishing and strengthening contacts and collaborations among a moderately sized group of key researchers from the US and India, and future mechanisms for extended personnel exchanges.



We gratefully acknowledge support from the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum and the US National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering, Purdue University College of Engineering, Birck Nanotechnology Center and Discovery Park.

Keynote Speaker

C.N.R. Rao

AFM FlyerProf. C.N.R. Rao (born on 30 June 1934, Bangalore, India) is the National Research Professor as well as Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry. He is an author of over 1400 research papers and 41 books. He received the M.S. from Banaras, Ph.D. from Purdue, D.Sc. from Mysore universities and has received honoris causa doctorate degrees from 41 universities including Purdue, Bordeaux, Banaras, Delhi, Mysore, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, Notre Dame, Novosibirsk, Oxford, Stellenbosch, Uppsala, Wales, Wroclaw, Caen, Khartoum, Calcutta, Sri Venkateswara University and Desikottama from Visva-Bharati.

Prof. Rao is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Sciences, Japan Academy as well as the Polish, Czechoslovakian, Serbian, Slovenian, Brazil, Spanish, Korean and African Academies and the American Philosophical Society. He is a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea and Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is on the editorial boards of 20 leading professional journals.


16 April

Location: MRGN 121

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome by Joint Centre Coordinators
08:45 – 09:00 Introductory remarks by Dr. Rajiv Sharma, IUSSTF Executive Director
09:00 – 09:45 Professor CNR Rao, "Keynote: Inorganic graphene analogues based on layered materials", Keynote (Introduction by Provost Tim Sands)
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee/Photo
10:00 – 12:30 Session 1: Scalable Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials

  • 10:00 – 10:30 SM Shivaprasad, "Kinetically controlled spontaneous nano-manifestations of GaN on Al2O3 (0001) by M.B.E. growth"
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AK Sood, "How flow affects nanotubes and vice-versa"
  • 11:00 – 11:30 M Manfra, "The role of molecular beam epitaxy in nanotechnology"
  • 11:30 – 12:00 M Abu-Omar, "Nanocatalysts for biomass conversion"
  • 12:00 – 12:30 X Xu, "Plasmonic nano-antenna array for parallel nano-lithography and nano-materials growth"

12:30 – 01:30 Lunch
01:30 – 03:30 Session 2: Functionalization and Heterogeneous Nanomaterials Integration for Energy

  • 01:30 – 02:00 G Thomas, "Coupled and chiral surface plasmons in metal nanostructures"
  • 02:00 – 02:30 P Bermel, "Photonic nanostructures for enabling high-efficiency thermophotovoltaics"
  • 02:30 – 03:00 Y Wu, "Fiber-based thermoelectrics for woven scalability"
  • 03:00 – 03:30 D Janes, "Branched semiconductor nanowire arrays as anti-reflective structures for photovoltaic and detector applications"

03:30 – 04:00 Coffee/Tea + posters (in BNC atrium)
04:00 – 06:00 Session 3: Unique Energy Transport, Conversion, and Storage in Nanomaterials (MRGN 129)

  • 04:00 – 04:30 GU Kulkarni, "An electrical rectifier based on Au nanoparticle arrays"
  • 04:30 – 05:00 C Narayana, "TBD"
  • 05:00 – 05:30 Y Chen, "Graphene-based materials for potential energy applications"
  • 05:30 – 06:00 X Ruan, "Thermal transport in nanostructures: a multiscale multiphysics approach"

06:00 – 09:00 Poster (cont'd) + h'ors d'oevres + dinner (7pm) (catered in the BNC atrium)

Speakers: Provost Tim Sands, and BNC Director Ali Shakouri


17 April

Location: MRGN 129

08:30 – 10:00 Session 4: Nanomaterials and Devices for Clean Energy and Energy Conservation

  • 08:30 – 09:00 G Cooks, "Surface functionalization using molecular ions"
  • 09:00 – 09:30 U Waghmare, "TBD"
  • 09:30 – 10:00 A Shakouri, "Nanostructured thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery"

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee/Tea
10:30 – 12:00 Session 4, continued

  • 10:30 – 11:00 A Raman, "Atomic Force Microscopy for energy applications – a review"
  • 11:00 – 11:30 R Reifenberger, "Graphitic petals for electrochemical charge storage"
  • 11:30 – 12:00 T Fisher, "Bi-lateral collaboration on nanomaterials for energy: real results and future prospects"

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Closing Session, including on joint education programmes and examples

  • 12:00 – 12:45 D Hancock, "nanoHUB-U"
    12:45 – 13:00 Co-organizers, "Closing remarks"

2:00 – 5:00 Executive Session for Joint Centre planning, Location: BNC 1201

Information for Poster Presenters

Chairs: BNC students Bivas Saha and Guoping Xiong

In addition to the presentations and discussions, the workshop will feature two poster sessions, primarily for students to present their research and to have informal discussions with other workshop participants. All poster contributions should conform to the following:

  • An abstract of between 300 and 500 words, provided to the poster session chair (see above) prior to the event in a format to be provided.
  • Each poster should fit within a 36 in. (width) by 42 in. (height) space.
  • Ideally, the content of each poster should be clearly divided into sections, including abstract, introduction, problem definition (or aims of the work), summary, results and conclusions.
  • Suggested lettering size is 3 cm (1-1/4") for the poster title and 2 cm (3/4") for names and addresses of authors and section headings, such as ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, METHODS, RESULTS/DISCUSSION AND SUMMARY.

About the BNC

The BNC leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health.