The Molecular Engineering & Sciences Symposium marked the 2012 launch of the Molecular Engineering & Sciences (MolES) Institute and opening of the new MolES building on UW's Seattle campus. MolES Director Pat Stayton opens the research symposium with a welcome and introduction to the Institute's major research themes, Cleantech and Biotech.
The program also covers how nanowires represent an important class of nanostructure building blocks for photovoltaics as well as direct solar-to-fuel conversion because of their high surface area, tunable bandgap, and efficient charge transport and collection. In this lecture, Professor Peidong Yang provides a brief history of nanowire research over the past two decades and highlights several recent examples of how semiconductor nanowires and their heterostructures have been used for the purpose of solar energy harvesting and waste heat recovery.
Pat Stayton, Director, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute University of Washington, Peidong Yang, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering University of California Berkeley