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Materials for Energy and the Environment

The urgent need to identify more efficient and renewable means of energy storage and production is a scientific and technological challenge with dramatic economic and environmental implications.  Research focused on materials discovery, morphological control, and sustainable processing plays a critical role in the development of new energy technologies.

At Drexel, breakthroughs in materials for energy include nanostructured carbon-based materials for supercapacitors, two-dimensional materials for lithium ion batteries, piezo-ceramics for energy harvesting, soft magnetic composites for efficient electric motors, polymer and hybrid polymer/nanotube composites for electrochemical energy storage, complex oxides for solar energy conversion and the development of environmentally friendly cement.