The TSRC Summer School on Fundamental Science for Alternative Energy introduces principles, methods, and approaches relevant to the design of molecular transformations, energy transduction, and current applications for alternative energy. Energy and environment are likely to be key themes that will dominate the way science and engineering develop over the next few decades. Only an interdisciplinary approach can be expected to succeed in the face of problems of such difficulty hence the team-taught structure of the TSRC Summer School. We hope this course will inspire a new generation of scientists to continue work in the field, or at least to have something of an insiderâs point of view as the field develops in the next few decades.
For 2021, the tentative list of topics and instructors, in order of appearance, includes: Gary Brudvig (Yale Univ.) will introduce the scientific basis behind environmental changes the problem that drives the whole alternative energy project and will provide fundamental concepts on design of bioinspired photocatalytic assemblies, including biophysical principles of light-harvesting, charge separation and fuel production revealed by studies of the natural systems and related to artificial electrochemical processes. Ana Moore (Arizona St. Univ.) will discuss approaches for synthesis of artificial antenna molecular frameworks, solar light harvesting and characterization of energy/charge transfer in synthetic molecular assemblies. Thomas Moore (Arizona St. Univ.) will discuss the scientific basis behind environmental changes and the carbon cycle, the problem that drives the whole alternative energy project. Jenny Nelson (Imperial College London) will discuss the properties of molecular semiconductor materials and their application to organic solar cells. Eric Bittner (Univ., of Houston) will introduce theoretical aspects of charge transport in organic electronics, including molecular modeling methods for simulations of electronic excitations relevant to organic photovoltaic devices. Victor Batista (Yale Univ.) will introduce computational methods for design and characterization of molecular systems and applications to solar cells, photocatalysis and biomimetic water-splitting.
Gary Brudvig (Yale Univ.) (natural photosynthesis and biomimetic systems, electrochemistry)
Ana Moore (Arizona St. Univ.) (antenna synthesis, characterization of energy/charge transfer)
Thomas Moore (Arizona St. Univ.) (scientific basis behind environmental changes and the carbon cycle)
Jenny Nelson (Imperial College London) (semiconductor materials and their application to organic solar cells.)
Eric Bittner (Univ. of Houston) (charge transport in organic electronics, organic photovoltaics)
Victor Batista (Yale Univ.) (theory and computational modeling PSII, DSSC, photocatalysis)