Energy Materials Science and Engineering (EMSE) is a newly recognized sub-discipline of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Energy materials are materials for energy conversion (fuel cells, batteries, solar-cells, thermo-electrics, and solid-state lighting), energy storage (hydrogen materials), energy utilization (turbine materials, boiler and tubing materials, thermal barrier coating), energy saving (reflective or thermal insulation materials/coating), energy efficiency and environment protection (sensing materials, corrosion/wear resistant coatings) and energy storage. Fossil fuels, power generation and energy consumption by heavy industry are vitally important in West Virginia. Materials for energy applications play a particularly important role in the competitiveness of West Virginia’s economy. EMSE is an umbrella program designed to build and sustain the infrastructure required for competitiveness for a major NSF Center.
Immediate objectives are:
(a) to develop a Human Resources Infrastructure (program development),
(b) to execute a Focused Research Plan in the focus area, and
(c) to implement pertinent Education and Outreach programs.
These are supported by a Management Plan, a Strategy for Sustainability, and an Assessment and Evaluation Plan. The broadest impact will be felt by the citizens of the State of West Virginia in the form of
(a) better preparation of WV college students in careers of national significance,
(b) better jobs in new high-tech industries that can be attracted to the State, and
(c) enhanced competitiveness of traditional materials and manufacturing industry in the state.