To get insight into how materials properties affect functionality in modern energy technologies such as batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, CO2 capture, storage and conversion, thermoelectric materials, and lighting technologies. By applying experimental and theoretical concepts at different levels the student will be acquainted with rational development of new materials and technologies, and be able to connect key materials properties with device performance, lifetime, sustainability and environmental impact, price, etc.
Materials science is a crucial ingredient for new scientific discovery. In this course the student will learn how materials development is of key importance and can lead to new energy-production, use and storage alternatives that have the potential to compete with and exceed existing technologies. The importance of thinking and working in terms of an integrated approach where all the levels from fundamental materials properties to system requirements are taken into account will be highlighted. Furthermore, focus is laid on the discussion of state-of-the-art scientific materials characterization methods used to investigate the materials properties. After a broad and general introduction to the materials challenges related to the design and development of next-generation energy technologies, the following topics will be addressed with focus on material-related aspects: batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, nanomaterials for energy applications, thermoelectric materials, and efficient lighting technologies.