题目：Innovations in Materials and Devices for Efficient Solar and Thermal Energy Utilization
邀请人：邓涛 教授、崔可航 副教授（材料科学与工程学院）
Human history has very much depended on how we used heat from the sun and
terrestrial sources. Over 90% of human society's energy input is used by first converting it into heat, and yet only 40% of the total energy input is utilized, significantly lower than what the second law of thermodynamics allows. Understanding of basic heat carrier transport and energy conversion at nanoscale can lead to new materials and devices to improve the efficiency of heat utilization. This talk will present some of our work on developing advanced materials and devices to improve the efficiency of solar and thermal energy conversion devices and systems, including solar-to-electricity energy conversion, solar steam generation, thermoelectrics, lighting, thermally conductive polymers and fabrics with passive cooling. Nanoscience foundations behind these diverse innovations will be explained along the way.