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Renewable Energy Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

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Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center  (Colorado School of Mines)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC) is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

Meeting world energy needs is one of the most significant challenges we face in the coming century. REMRSEC is focused on transformative materials advances and educational directions that significantly impact the emerging renewable energy technologies. REMRSCEC research includes next generation photovoltaics; study of the advanced membranes technologies central to many processes in the conversion, utilization, and storage of energy; and a seed project to evaluate materials for hydrogen and methane storage.

Education & Outreach

REMRSEC focuses on preparing students to embark on careers in renewable energy by providing a variety of research and classroom opportunities for learners at all levels. The Center offers a coordinated approach from "K to gray" in renewable energy education, outreach, and workforce development based on research-driven evidence. All components of the Education and Outreach program are also rigorously assessed. The Colorado School of Mines and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collaborate on all elements of the Education and Outreach program.

The Renewable Energy MRSEC program invites exceptional undergraduate math, science, and engineering students to participate in a ten-week summer research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy while nurturing a greater sensitivity of our place and role in the world in which we live. This highly interdisciplinary program focuses on multiple areas that are open to all materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering and computer science undergraduate majors.

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