Current Projects and Collaborations
IEE — Solar Cells: At UC Santa Barbara, research based on the Nobel-Prize winning discoveries of Alan. J. Heeger is directed toward developing solar cells that can be painted, printed and mass-produced like newspapers or even woven into clothing.
IEE — Storage: The objectives are to develop new materials that overcome the power density and stability limitations faced by existing state-of-the-art materials in the conversion and storage of electrochemical energy. Emphasis is focused on fuel cells, lithium and ion flow batteries, and ultracapacitors and electrodes.
IEE — Thermoelectronics: Institute researchers are modifying materials to improve their thermoelectric performance.
Individuals ( * indicates affiliation with IEE)
Chemistry: Organometallics for cheap solar cells, design of catalysts to convert petroleum feedstocks into useful organic intermediates.
Economics: Energy policy and economics; IEE Economics & Policy Solutions Group
Chemistry: Nanoparticles and chemicals in the environment; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Engineering: Materials for flexible electronics and energy storage and conversion; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Engineering: Energy efficient chemical engineering; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Chemistry: New methodologies for the conversion of renewable resources, such as biomass, to fuels and more chemical precursors
Chemical Engineering: Energy efficient computing; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Physics: Biophysics; biomaterials
Computer Science: Energy efficient computing and engineering
Chemistry & Biochemistry:
Physics: Light emission from semiconducting polymers, including photoluminescence, light-emitting diodes, light-emitting electrochemical cells, and lasers. Solving climate change with innovative technologies. IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group.
Chemistry: Carbon dioxide capture and hydrocarbon modification for use as energy
Economics/ Bren: Environmental economics and its role in climate change and energy markets
Chemical Engineering: Energy efficient production and storage; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Environmental Studies: Integrated energy planning; industrial ecology; green nuclear energy
Engineering: Alternative energy engineering – biofuels, concentrated solar cells
Engineering: Combinatorial chemistry to investigate new photocatalytic systems for energy production
Chemistry: Energy efficient production and storage; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Chemistry: Organic photovoltaics
Engineering: Energy efficient production and storage;IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Political Science: Environmental politics, public opinion, and elections, toward offshore oil development, nuclear power, wind power, energy crises, and climate change.
Earth Science: Magma dynamics; properties of magmas; volcanology and geomaterials; geothermal and hydrothermal studies
Chemistry & Biochemistry: Research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of new materials with an emphasis on understanding interface and nucleation chemistry. Research also includes biomimiciry, photovoltaics, and methane conversion.
Bren: Research includes how materials and energy are extracted from nature, life-cycle analysis of materials.
Engineering: Risk assessment and management in complex technological and environmental systems.
Chemistry: Utilization of solar energy for production of chemical fuels.
Chemistry: Plastic solar cells; energy efficient production and storage; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group
Engineering: Energy efficient production and storage; IEE Production & Storage Solutions Group