noncommercial equipment to address the frontier of nanoscale measurements connected to energy.

Alignment with Mission

The alignment of the Energy Research Group’s research program with the stated scope and mission of the ERG is appropriate.

Future Plans

The Energy Research Group has some good ideas and views with respect to its future research. However, long-range strategic planning for the group was not apparent and needs to be discussed more explicitly during the next review.

Evaluative Comments and Suggestions

The ERG is still very young. It is too early to judge the quality of the staff with accuracy, and it is even somewhat difficult to gauge the alignment of the work with the mission of the group and the mission of the CNST, as many laboratories are still under development. Over the next 2 years, the group needs to establish greater coherence, accompanied by the development of a stronger connection between nanoscale measurements and important problems in energy.

The Energy Research Group is still in the process of growth and stabilization. Following are suggestions for the ERG as it moves forward:

  • Over the next 2 years, it should establish greater coherence, accompanied by the development of a stronger connection between nanoscale measurements and important problems in energy.
  • Although the new laboratories are outstanding, most of the equipment is commercial or modified-commercial. As the group continues to mature, it should aspire to the design and fabrication of some noncommercial equipment to address the frontier of nanoscale measurements connected to energy.
  • Long-range strategic planning for the group was not apparent and needs to be discussed more explicitly during the next review.

The CNST should continue the effort to mature the focus and stature of the newer research groups, especially the Energy Research Group. This effort would include more strategic planning and the identification of research issues of central importance to the energy landscape in the United States.



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