Population growth and increasing the average standard of living drive the increase in global demand for energy. Meeting this demand in a sustainable* manner poses a huge challenge to mankind – to scientists, in particular. Why?
To provide the fundamental, scientific basis that will lead to the technological developments of affordable, sustainable energy sources, and to educate the public toward that goal.
By providing less-polluting fuel recent natural gas finds provide much needed additional time for such basic research.
View an example of our latest research, by Dr. Dan Oron, on a Power Merger, or how nanoparticles can make "wasted" sunlight useful.
Also, make sure to check out two of our own, Prof. Gary Hodes and Prof. David Cahen of the Materials and Interfaces Department in Weizmann's Winter 2014 edition of Interface Magazine on the timely topic of photovoltaic cells in Higher End, Lower Cost.
More on photovoltaic cells in Capturing the High End
Developing sustainable energy will have a direct impact on our needs for food and water, on keeping our environment livable and on narrowing the gap between poor and rich. While focusing on the natural sciences aspects, we are fully aware that meeting the energy challenge mandates commitment also at the technological, social and political levels.