ACT 3. Self-assembled Nanomaterials for Energy Generation and Storage

ct 3 Leaders: Chris Murray, Zahra Fakhraai, Karen Winey, Patrice Rannou

ACT 3 logoProviding reliable electricity is critical to speeding recovery from disasters, whether they are natural or man-made in origin. Reliable electrical power is critical for communications to provide weather and security updates and to facilitate logistics from tracking missing persons to coordinating personnel to tracking supplies. Once temporary habitats are established, access to reliable energy is still crucial for environment control (heating, cooling, etc.), cleaning and sanitization of food and water, communications, and security. It is important to generate electricity independent of the grid and to store it locally. The energy harvesting and storage strategies for emergency situations need to be lightweight, compact, flexible, high energy density, cost-effective, and durable during storage and deployment. To meet these design criteria, ACT 3 aims to design, synthesize, assemble, characterize and test new coatings for advanced photovoltaic systems and polymer-based batteries, as presented in two aims.

Links: Amy S. Fleischer, Bertrand Donnio, Brigitte Pépin-Donat, Christopher B. Murray, Didier Gasparutto, Francine Papillon, Feng Gang, Giovanna Fragneto, Natalie Gogotsi, Jean-Yves Delannoy, Karen I. Winey, Lionel Picard, Robert A. Riggleman, Russell J. Composto, Said Sadki, Trevor Forsyth, Edward "Ted" Trigg, Véronique Mathieu, Vicent Finsy, Xuemei May Cheng, Zahra Fakhraai,


  1. “Alignment of Nanoplates in Lamellar Diblock Copolymer Domains and the Effect of Particle Volume Fraction on Phase Behavior” Nadia M. KrookJamie FordManuel MaréchalPatrice RannouJeffrey S. MethChristopher B. Murray, and Russell J. Composto, ACS Macro Letters 2018 7 (12), 1400-1407  DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00665
  2. “Directional Carrier Transfer in Strongly Coupled Binary Nanocrystal Superlattice Films Formed by Assembly and in Situ Ligand Exchange at a Liquid-Air Interface” Yaoting Wu, Siming Li, Natalie Gogotsi, Tianshuo Zhau, Blaise Fleury, Cherie R. Kagan, Christopher B. Muray, and Jason B. Baxter. J. Phys. Chem. C, 121(8), pp 4146-4157 (2017)  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b12327
  3. “Chain Folding Produces a Multilayered Morphology in a Precise Polymer: Simulations and Experiments” Edward B. Trigg, Mark J. Stevens, and Karen I. Winey, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 3747−3755,  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b12817
  4. “Out-of-Plane Orientation Alignment and Reorientation Dynamics of Gold Nanorods in Polymer Nanocomposite Films.” Ethan C. Glor, Robert C. Ferrier, Chen Li, Russell J. Composto, and Zahra Fakhraai.  Soft Matter 13, 2207-2215 (2017)  DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02403C.

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