The Energy Initiative coordinates and sponsors events that showcase a wide range of energy-related research being done across Duke University and by academic colleagues around the world. Most events are open to the public.

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The Energy Research Seminar Series is a forum for faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities to learn about and receive feedback on new scholarly energy research. They provide an opportunity for the campus community to learn about and improve research discoveries before they appear in leading academic journals, and to interact with scholars whose research will often shape future science and policy. These seminars are held jointly with other university seminar series. Seminar organizers may apply for Energy Initiative support by filling out this application form. All seminars are held at Duke University unless otherwise noted.

The Energy Initiative regularly sponsors or co-sponsors research workshops on a range of energy topics. Each spring, the Energy Initiative also convenes Duke University faculty, research staff and students in an Energy Research Collaboration Workshop to share information about their recent work in energy materials, energy data analytics, energy markets and policy, energy and the environment, and many other areas. Information about upcoming workshops will be posted here when registration opens during the spring semester. Details of past workshops, including agenda and videotaped presentations, may be viewed here.


Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

Time: 11:30 am
Location: French Science 2237

Dr. Andres Montoya-Castillo (Stanford University) will present "Exploiting Memory in Chemical Systems: From Electron and Energy Transfer to Biomolecular Dynamics Using Memory Kernels" at 11:40 a.m. in French Science 2237.

"Elucidating the impact of dissipation is essential for understanding and predicting processes as diverse as energy harvesting in photosynthetic...

Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: French Family Science Center 4233

Learn more about Dr. Mirica.

Abstract:  Molecular engineering of new materials holds promise for improving human health, safety, efficiency, and quality of life. This presentation will describe strategies for molecular engineering of stimuli-responsive multifunctional materials...

Time: 11:30 am to 1:15 pm
Location: French Family Science Center 2237

Professor Hailiang Wang (Yale University, Department of Chemistry) will speak on carbon dioxide conversion. Co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative's Energy Research Seminar Series.

Sustainable energy utilization and carbon emission reduction are critical challenges for the world. Solving these challenges requires precise control of...

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464

Dr. Brad Olsen (MIT) will speak on polymer level dynamics.

Abstract: Associative polymer networks are everywhere: they are used to modify the texture of our food, the rheology of our consumer products, and to develop biomedical materials. They are used in enhanced oil recovery, and they also form the basis for many natural systems in our own bodies. While existing...

Energy, Politics, and Middle East History
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: 011 Old Chem (West Campus) Forum for Scholars and Publics

A conversation about energy, politics, and Middle Eastern history with On Barak (Tel Aviv University) and Adam Mestyan (Duke University).

On Barak is author of Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020)....

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


Location: Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153, Rubenstein Library
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Burt's Bees, 210 West Pettigrew Street, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC 27701
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm