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Energy Materials and X-ray Spectroscopy

Motivated by ever-growing concerns about climate change and sustainability, the energy sector is increasingly shifting toward clean and renewable technologies. Specific applications create unique demands in terms of performance, creating opportunities for a number of promising technologies. Among these, catalytically synthesizing renewable fuels using reclaimed carbon dioxide (CO2) shows great promise in the transportation sector and for smoothing the transition of our energy economy from fossil fuels to a renewable chemical fuels. However, innovation and improvement are still required in order to fully realize the potential of this technology. In order to understand the fundamental processes driving these key catalyst materials, thorough characterization must be performed, including both structural and electronic analysis techniques. Through a better understanding of catalyst properties and mechanics, superior performance can be achieved for the synthesis of renewable fuels and, thus, clean energy.

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