Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC)


Fritz Prinz and Stacey Bent

Lead Institution:

Stanford University




To understand how nanostructuring can enhance efficiency for energy conversion and to solve fundamental cross-cutting problems in advanced energy conversion and storage systems.

Research Topics:

catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), bio-inspired, electrodes - solar, defects, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, metal, oxide, ionic liquid, optoelectronic and metamaterial
INTERFACES: metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid
NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics, multiscale modeling 

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Partner Institutions:

  • Carnegie Institution (at Stanford)
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Stanford University

BES Staff Contact:

Chris Fecko