Sarah: In breaking news….I stand here at the ICONN2008 internet cafe filled with new knowledge and great excitement regarding recent developments in nanotechnology. One of the hottest topics at the conference so far is the use of nanotechnology for energy generation and storage. A presentation by Micheal Gratzel (Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Switzerland) this morning was particularly relevant. In solving the world’s energy crisis, Michael really got down to the main point in his statement that “nanotechnology is a powerful tool to get the right molecular architecture for power generation and storage”. What he means is that nanotechnology allows humans to design and create new structures to separate charge (ie separate photons from electrons) and store that energy potential in batteries. That’s what power is all about. It’s inspiring stuff. More soon!
Originally published on Blog@NanoVic for Nanotechnology Victoria.