Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

RASEI (pronounced RAY-see) is a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addressing important, complex problems in energy that require a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach. 

Take a guided tour of the Renewable and Sustinable Energy Institute (RASEI) during Research & Innovation Week.

  • When: Friday, October 19, 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Meet in the South Atrium of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC)

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This tour will visit several labs within RASEI:

  • Cameron Research Group (SEEL 335)
    The Cameron Research Group focuses on the principles and mechanisms underlying the spatial and temporal organization of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic organelles using synthetic biology and microscopy. Ancestors of modern-day cyanobacteria were the first to perform oxygenic photosynthesis. These reactions have changed the atmospheric composition of this planet and have dramatically shifted the evolutionary trajectory of earth’s inhabitants. Because photosynthesis provides the building blocks for the generation of food, fuel, green chemicals and other useful products essential for life on earth, understanding how photosynthesis is regulated and identifying potential routes for improvement will benefit society and the environment. 

  • Smalyukh Research Group (SEEL 367)
    The Smalyukh Research Group studies organizing principles of mesoscale self-assembly phenomena that lead to creation of artificial materials and structures with emergent physical behavior and properties arising from the patterning of molecular order combined with the organization of nano- and micro-sized particles into precisely controlled configurations. These phenomena may enable technological breakthroughs in the development of flexible information displays, efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity, and novel optically-controlled materials capable, in turn, of controlling light.

  • Marshak Research Group (SEEL 388)
    The Marshak Research Group studies the interaction of organic materials with inorganic metal ions. The applications of this research include batteries and energy storage as well as catalysis and OLEDs.

  • McGehee Research Group (SEEL 182)
    The McGehee Research Group has the goal of developing stable perovskite tandem solar cells that could be 50% more efficient than the cells that are on the market today and cost less. It is also developing a new type of dynamically tinted window that can save energy and reduce glare in buildings without obstructing views.

  • CU FEMM (SEEL 167 & 161)
    The CU Facility for Electron Microscopy of Materials (CU FEMM) is a user facility that focuses on the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of materials are all dictated by the chemical and structural arrangement of atoms composing the material. At CU FEMM, we work on the development and application of advanced electron microscopy techniques that reveal the links between the underlying atomic arrangements in materials and their performance, properties and synthesis. Our focus is on the indispensable component of future sustainable energy landscape: nanomaterials and nanostructures.

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