Telluride School on the Fundamental Science of Alternative Energy

TSRC is home to the Telluride School on Fundamental Science of Alternative Energy. Founded and led by Victor Batista and Gary Brudvig of Yale University, the school was held for the first time in 2014 and the second in 2016.

Students must apply and be accepted. The next FSAE will be held in 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for details on the next school.

School Description

The TSRC Summer School on Fundamental Science for Alternative Energy introduces principles, methods, and approaches relevant to the design of molecular transformations, energy transduction, and current applications for alternative energy. Energy and environment are likely to be key themes that will dominate the way science and engineering develop over the next few decades. Only an interdisciplinary approach can be expected to succeed in the face of problems of such difficulty hence the team-taught structure of the TSRC Summer School. We hope this course will inspire a new generation of scientists to continue work in the field, or at least to have something of an insider’s point of view as the field develops in the next few decades.

In 2016, the list of topics and instructors, in order of appearance, included: Gary Brudvig introduced the scientific basis behind environmental changes the problem that drives the whole alternative energy project and will provide fundamental concepts on design of bioinspired photocatalytic assemblies, including biophysical principles of light-harvesting, charge separation and fuel production revealed by studies of the natural systems and related to artificial electrochemical processes. Ana Moore discussed approaches for synthesis of artificial antenna molecular frameworks, solar light harvesting and characterization of energy/charge transfer in synthetic molecular assemblies. Elena Galoppini introduced designs and studies of rigid molecular linkers for the functionalization of semiconductor nanoparticles with dyes, chromophores and redox active groups, including nanoparticle-linker-donor systems for fundamental studies of nanoparticle electronic interactions as well as practical applications for photovoltaics (solar cells), sensors and other devices. Charles Schmuttenmaer discussed properties of semiconductor materials that make up photocatalytic solar cells and characterization based on spectroscopic methods. Eric Bittner introduced theoretical aspects of charge transport in organic electronics, including molecular modeling methods for simulations of electronic excitations relevant to organic photovoltaic devices. Victor Batista introduced computational methods for design and characterization of molecular systems and applications to solar cells, photocatalysis and biomimetic water-splitting.

In 2014, the list of topics and instructors, in order of appearance, included: Thomas Moore introduced the scientific basis behind environmental changes the problem that drives the whole alternative energy project and provide fundamental concepts on design of bioinspired photocatalytic assemblies. Robert Crabtree introduced fundamental concepts of inorganic/organometallic catalysts for water oxidation, green fuel production and the virtual hydrogen fuel-cell project. Gary Brudvig discussed biophysical principles of light harvesting, charge separation and fuel production revealed by studies of the natural systems and related to artificial electrochemical processes. Ana Moore discussed approaches for synthesis of artificial antenna molecular frameworks for solar light harvesting and characterization of energy/charge transfer in synthetic molecular assemblies. Charles Schmuttenmaer discussed properties of semiconductor materials that make up photocatalytic solar cells and characterization based on spectroscopic methods. Mark Ratner introduced theoretical aspects of charge transport and organic electronics. Peter Rossky discussed molecular modeling methods for simulations of electronic excitations relevant to organic photovoltaic devices, and Victor Batista introduced computational methods for design and characterization of molecular systems and applications to solar cells, photocatalysis and biomimetic water-splitting.

Past Faculty

Bob Crabtree (catalysts and ligand design)
Ana Moore (antenna synthesis, characterization of energy/charge transfer)
Tom Moore (design of bioinspired photocatalytic assemblies)
Eric Bittner (EB) (charge transport in organic electronics, organic photovoltaics)
Charlie Schmuttenmaer (semiconductor materials + spectroscopy of carriers)
Gary Brudvig (natural photosynthesis and biomimetic systems+EPR spectroscopy+electrochemistry)
Peter Rossky (modeling organic PV)
Mark Ratner (modeling transport, organic electronics)
Victor Batista (modeling PSII and DSSC)

Meeting Venue

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W. Colorado Telluride CO 81435

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
Email: info@telluridescience.org
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