Scanning probes for new energy materials: Probing local structure and function
a1 Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; [email protected]
a2 University of Pennsylvania; [email protected]
a3 University of Washington; [email protected]
a4 Eindhoven University of Technology; [email protected]
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.