A Peter Wall Institute Major Thematic Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Dr Michael Wolf Principal Investigator (Chemistry) for a project entitled “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications” for the period 2012-2016.
UBC co-investigators are: Dr. Milind Kandlikar (Liu Institute & IRES), Dr. Mark MacLachlan (Chemistry), Dr. John Madden (Electrical & Computer Engineering), and Dr. Peyman Servati (Electrical & Computer Engineering).
Over the next five years, the team will take a bold, innovative research direction in solar energy conversion. By developing novel nanomaterials that can be incorporated into devices and systematically characterized, the team intends to discover breakthrough materials and device structures that could have an enormous impact on society. In the process, they will create and study the fundamental properties of new nanomaterials and establish UBC as a worldwide hub for research in nanomaterials for alternative energy applications.
As a unique component of the Wall Major Thematic Grant project, the team will create a public seminar series that will engage experts from economics and policy and explore the role of alternative energy and solar energy conversion in society.
This proposal follows a highly successful Peter Wall Institute Exploratory Workshop on Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications held in June 2010, which had the goal of identifying and focussing existing expertise at UBC in the areas of materials chemistry and engineering to develop a major interdisciplinary research effort in this area. Fifty-five researchers from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are involved in various aspects of this initiative.
With the funding of this latest project the Peter Wall Institute has now provided nine awards under the Major Thematic Grant program.