ECUSADIVULGA@NY with Emilio Méndez

As part of our 2015 science talk outreach program ECUSADIVULGA@NY, ECUSA-NY invites you to our third talk of the year:


SPEAKER: Emilio Méndez (Brookhaven National Lab)

TITLE: Nanotechnology and the Energy Challenge”



Since 1973 - the year of the first major oil crisis - the world’s energy consumption has doubled, but the portion from fossil fuels has barely changed. In 2011, 82% of the energy used still came from a combination of oil, coal, and natural gas. This large dependence on fossil fuels poses a triple challenge: the earth’s reserves are limited; their uneven distribution creates geopolitical problems; and, most urgently, fossil-fuel burning is the main source of greenhouse gases that affect climate change. The answer to this challenge goes from reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency to developing economical alternative sources. Thus, a response to this global problem needs to be multi-faceted, from technology innovation to economics and public policy and education.

In this talk, I will focus on the role that nanotechnology can play in addressing the energy challenge. In particular, I will concentrate on the research being conducted at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) on novel materials and structures for catalysis, photovoltaics, and energy storage, and on the state-of-the-art facilities that make that research possible.

The CFN is one of the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), distributed across the US and created by the Department of Energy to serve as hubs of nanoscience research with advanced facilities open to the scientific and technological communities. The NSRCs are an offspring of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, launched by the US government in 2000 to capitalize on the enormous potential that nanoscience and nanotechnology offer to address major societal problems.





The event will take place on May 21 at the Cervantes Institute in NYC. The talk will be followed by a reception. This event is free but registration is required under this link.




Emilio Mendez is Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University and Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Mendez holds a B.S. degree from Madrid’s Universidad Complutense and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For fifteen years he worked at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a research staff member, member of the strategic planning group and line manager.  Since 1995 he is a Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University, where he has been deeply involved in undergraduate and graduate education. In 2006 Mendez became Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a user-oriented research center focused on the discovery of materials and phenomena at the nanoscale and their application to the country’s energy challenges.

Throughout his career, Mendez's research has focused on the discovery and understanding of novel semiconductor nanomaterials and on their applications in optical and electronic devices. He is the author of 6 patents and over 160 scientific publications. He has served in numerous national and international committees. Currently, he is a member of the scientific advisory committees of several European nanoscience centers, of the US-Spain Council, and of the board of directors of Bankinter’s Innovation Foundation.

For his scientific contributions, he has been recognized with several honors and awards, including Fellowship to the American Physical Society, the 1998 Prince of Asturias Prize for Science and Technology, and the 2000 Fujitsu Quantum Device International Award.



This event sponsored by the Fundación Ramón Areces, FECYT, Embassy of Spain and with the support of the Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York.