New DOE Research Center Will Apply Predictive Theory To Solar Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be home to a new multimillion-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) established by the DOE's Office of Science. NREL's Center for Inverse Design will pursue advanced scientific research on material discovery for energy, NREL says.

The center is one of 46 facilities to study various areas of scientific research that were selected for funding by the DOE over a planned initial five-year period. NREL will participate in six additional centers led by other organizations.

Dr. Alex Zunger, NREL research fellow, is the director of the Center for Inverse Design. Researchers from Northwestern University, Oregon State University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will partner with NREL.

EFRC researchers will take advantage of new capabilities in nanotechnology, high-intensity light sources, neutron scattering sources, supercomputing and other advanced instrumentation, much of it developed with DOE Office of Science support over the past decade.



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