Renewable Energy Technology Gains by Interfacial Engineering with Carbon Nanomaterials

R.L. Vander Wal
The Pennsylvania State University, US

Keywords: renewable, energy, carbon, nanomaterial, interface

Summary:

Creating a new paradigm, nanomaterials, when used as interfacial modifiers have the potential to significantly alter the energy landscape, given that these processes occur predominantly at interfaces. The key concept is that the nanomaterials serve as interfacial modifiers. Since most energy related processes are dominated by interfacial reactions, nanomaterials have the potential to dramatically affect energy conversion rates and magnitudes. Results illustrate the theme and support the hypothesis of using nanomaterials as interfacial modifiers to advance gains in energy engineering. Selected examples from the author’s work include catalysis, composite materials, energy storage, sensors, thermal management, and tribology.