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Harris Corporation Engineering Center, Room 101A


Over the past decade, the sophistication of self and directed-assembly approaches for functional composite structures has increased dramatically, however, application of such structures in real-world systems has remained largely elusive, in part because such structures almost always contain finite defect densities. The storing, generating and harvesting of photons and electrons presents a unique opportunity for self-assembled composite materials. These applications are not only generally much more defect tolerant than for example self-assembled computational electronics, but also for these areas to make a substantive impact on the world energy situation, they must be produced in exceptionally large volume. In my talk, I will attempt to capture the state-of-the-art in highly functional self-assembled three-dimensional composites for energy harvesting and storage illustrated with examples from both my research and other groups with a particular focus on high charge and discharge rate nanostructured electrochemical energy storage systems (batteries and supercapacitors), and photonic crystals which exhibit unprecedented control over the absorption and emission of light (lasers, LEDs, and solar cells).


Paul V. Braun is the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and an affiliate of the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Braun’s research focuses on the synthesis and properties of 3D architectures with a focus on materials with unique optical, electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical properties. Prof. Braun received his B.S. degree with distinction from Cornell University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Illinois in 1998. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, he joined the faculty at Illinois in 1999. Prof. Braun has co-authored a book, authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications, been awarded multiple patents, and has co-founded two companies. He is the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award (2011), the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2010), the Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award (2010), Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001), a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, the 2002 Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS, the Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2004, 2009), and multiple teaching awards. In 2006, he was named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois, and in 2011 was named the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.


Paul V. Braun, Ph.D.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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