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Scanning probes for new energy materials: Probing local structure and function

Scanning probes for new energy materials: Probing local structure and function

Scanning probes for new energy materials: Probing local structure and function

Nina Balkea1, Dawn Bonnella1, David S. Gingera1 and Martijn Kemerinka1

a1 Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; balken@ornl

a2 University of Pennsylvania; bonnell@lrsm.upenn.edu

a3 University of Washington; ginger@chem.washington.edu

a4 Eindhoven University of Technology; m.kemerink@tue.nl

Abstract

The design and control of materials properties, often at the nanoscale, are the foundation of many new strategies for energy generation, storage, and efficiency. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) has evolved into a very large toolbox for the characterization of properties spanning size scales from hundreds of microns to nanometers. Recent advances in SPM involve properties and size scales of precise relevance to energy-related materials, as presented in this issue. These advances are put into the general context of energy research, and the general principles are summarized.

Key Words:

  • scanning probe microscopy;
  • photovoltaic;
  • ionic conductor;
  • impedance;
  • energy storage;
  • surface chemistry
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