DCO Researchers Receive US DOE Funding

Several DCO researchers have received renewed funding from the US Department of Energy for Energy Frontier Research Centers.

Several DCO researchers have received renewed funding from the US Department of Energy for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). This program is intended to accelerate transformative discovery in basic scientific disciplines that can ultimately be applied to increasing global energy needs. These topics include energy generation, supply, transmission, and storage.

Russell Hemley (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA; DCO Co-Executive Director) will lead Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree II), one of 32 projects to receive funding this year. EFree II is focused on the design, synthesis, and stabilization of novel materials that can be used to store and transport energy.

“EFree II will conduct bold, high-risk discovery science leading to next generation materials needed to address a broad range of unsolved energy problems,” said Hemley. “This work complements DCO research efforts spearheaded by the DCO to understand the behavior of carbon under conditions of extreme temperatures and pressures.  The research program of EFree II leverages successes of the DCO during the past four years, in particular in the discovery and synthesis of novel carbon-based materials under extreme conditions and their relevance to energy problems.”

Donald DePaolo and colleagues (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA; DCO Deep Energy Scientific Steering Committee) also received renewed funding for the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2. Along with co-investigator David Cole (The Ohio State University; DCO Deep Energy Chair), DePaolo and colleagues are focused on developing novel nanotechnologies with immediate application in geologic CO2 sequestration.

"This funding renewal will allow our team of investigators to further probe the fundamental chemical, physical and biological processes controlling the movement of carbon dioxide in Earth," said DePaolo. 

DCO scientist Alexandra Navrotsky (University of California Davis) is also co-PI for two further EFRCs: Materials Science of Actinides (Director: Peter Burns, University of Notre Dame) and Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (Director: David Wesolowski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory).


A full list of funded projects can be found here (PDF). 

Image Credit: US Department of Energy. Source.

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