题目：Energy Storage Enabled by Engineering Carbon Nanostructures
Sustainable and renewable energy sources from hydropower,solar energy, and wind powerare expected to release the heavy burdens on the current energy infrastructure and the environmental concerns. As these renewable energy sources such as solar energy and wind power are intermittent in nature, reliable electrochemical energy storage (EES) systems, mainly including rechargeable batteries and electrochemical capacitors, are purposely explored to promote efficient utilization of these energy sources and are a growing challenge. The development of high energy storage devices has been one of the most important research areas in recent years and relies mostly on the successful engineering of electrode materials. Carbon nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene have been full of surprises since their emergence and are intensively investigated for use as electrode materials in energy storage devices. Utilizing CNTs, graphene, and their composites for various energy storage applications such as lithium ion batteries and super-capacitors are under close scrutiny because of their improved electrochemical activity, cost effectiveness, environmental benign nature, and promising electrochemical performance. In this presentation, I will discuss our research strategies and efforts to engineer carbon nanostructures for different energy storage applications.
Dr. Bingqing Wei (B. Q. Wei) received his Bachelor (1987), M.S (1989), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is a Professor in theDepartment of Mechanical Engineeringat theUniversity of Delaware(UD). Before joining UD, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University from 2003 to 2007. He had worked as a Post-doctorate Research Associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Wei was a visiting scientist for Max-Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany in 1998 and 1999. He was a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing from 1992 to 2001. Dr. Wei’s research interests lie in nanomaterials and their energy applications. He has published more than 230 scientific papers in refereed international journals, including Nature and Science, and delivered 150 plus invited talks and seminars in academia and industry worldwide. His research work has been intensively cited more than 12000 times by peer scientists with the h-index of 56 and has also been highlighted many times in scientific journals, web journals, and public media.