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Home of the NSF-IGERT Program: ConvEne — Conversion of Energy Through Molecular Platforms — Overview

There is a pressing need to train our next generation of Chemical and Materials Scientists and engineers to tackle challenging problems in areas of materials chemistry related to energy conversion. The ConvEne IGERT program addresses nearly every intricacy of energy conversion; chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, economics, and entrepreneurship. The interdisciplinary technical training offered by the ConvEne IGERT ensures that students participate in the development of versatile new technologies for the generation, conversion, and use of energy. Trainees are also educated in the environmental sustainability, economic viability, and political feasibility of emerging alternative energy strategies.

The ConvEne program engages graduate students and faculty from Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials, Chemical Engineering and Physics departments, the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and Technology Management Program at UCSB. The trainees experience training in cross-disciplinary laboratories, classes and seminars in addition to their disciplinary graduate training and research. The UCSB Conversion of Energy through Molecular Platforms (ConvEne) program was launched in the Fall of 2008, with support from a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) award.

Program Components (new page)

Research Themes (new page)

Research Ethics (Spring 2010, new page)

Please also look at the PDF file of the presentation made for the kick-off event on August 28th, 2008.