Nano-Energy and Environment
Nano-Energy and Environment Research at NC State
Researchers at NC State are working at the nanoscale level to develop new materials and technologies that will harness clean, renewable energy sources and create innovative products, including nanothermoelectric and solar photovoltaic devices. Energy research at the university encompasses the fields of engineering, agriculture, physical sciences, and forestry.
Nano-Energy & Environment News & Events
- A recent meeting highlighted NC State's achievements in solar energy research: The 2009 Solar Energy Meeting
Nano-Energy & Environment Centers & Labs
- The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF) is a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants, from cellulose synthesis and fibril formation to a mature plant cell wall, forming a foundation for advancement in sustainable energy and materials. CLSF is based at Penn State; several NC State faculty are collaborators.
- The FREEDM Systems Center proposes a smart-grid paradigm shift that will enable the U.S. to take advantage of advances in renewable energy for a secure and sustainable future.
- The Nano Energy Lab is a multi-departmental research effort at NC State to advance the field of nanomaterials and nanostructures for renewable energy devices and systems. In addition to the research efforts, the Lab also consists of a Photovoltaics Process and Analysis Facility located on Centennial Campus at NC State.
- The Nuclear Reactor Program (NRP) at NC State University houses the PULSTAR reactor. It supports NC State and College of Engineering efforts to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education, perform basic and applied research, and disseminate knowledge.
- The Science & Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes (CERSP) advances groundbreaking research into environmentally-friendly solvents and provides undergraduate and graduate training and industrial and educational outreach. It is a multi-disciplinary effort among five universities (UNC-Chapel Hill is the lead institution) and two national laboratories.
- The Solar Center is North Carolina’s leading outreach and extension operation for renewable energy.