April 15-16, 2011

John Carroll University


Abstract submission deadline extended to
March 25, 2011

The theme of the conference is on what novel materials can bring to address the current challenge of energy harvesting, usage, and efficiency.  Plenary speakers will discuss their research  in the areas of thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, high  energy density capacitors, and hydrogen storage. The speaker after the banquet on Friday evening is the director of Cleveland Museum of Natural History who will describe the some of the current sustainability initiatives in progress at the museum, including an energy efficient “SmartHome” that will be built on the museum grounds.

Plenary speakers:

Vincent Crespi on hydrogen storage:
Pennsylvania State University

Evalyn Gates on sustainability:
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Tim Gessert on photovoltaics:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ctirad Uher on thermoelectrics:
University of Michigan

Lei Zhu on ferroelectrics:
Case Western Reserve University