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CHALLENGES FOR THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES IN THE 21ST CENTURY ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE ON CHALLENGES FOR THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES IN THE 21 ST CENTURY BOARD ON CHEMICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION ON EARTH AND LIFE STUDIES NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES THE NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu
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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION ALLEN J. BARD, University of Texas, Co-chair MICHAEL p. RAMAGE, ExxonMobil, Co-chair JOSEPH G. GORDON, IBM Almaden Research Center ARTHUR J. NOZ1K, National Renewable Energy Laboratory RIGHARD R. SCHROCK, Massachusetts Institute of Technology EEEEN B. STECHEE, Ford Motor Company Staff JENNIFER J. JACK1W, Program Officer CHRISTOPHER K. MURPHY, Program Of fleer SYBIL A. PAIGE, Administrative Associate DOUGLAS J. RABER, Senior Scholar DAVID c. RASMUSSEN, Program Assistant ERIC L. SHIPP, Postdoctoral Associate DOROTHY ZOEANDZ, Director v
COMMITTEE ON CHALLENGES FOR THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES IN THE 21ST CENTURY RONALD BRESEOW, Columbia University, Co-chair MATTHEW v. TIRRELL, University of California at Santa Barbara, Co-chair MARK A. BARTEAU, University of Delaware JAcQuEE~NE K. BARTON, California Institute of Technology CAROLYN R. BERTOZZI, University of California at Berkeley ROBERT A. BROWN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ALICE p. GAST,1 Stanford University IGNACIO E. GROSSMANN, Carnegie Mellon University JAMES M. MEYER,2 DuPont co. ROYCE w. MURRAY, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PAUL J. REIDER, Amgen, Inc. WILLIAM R. ROUSH, University of Michigan MICHAEL L. SHULER, Cornell University JEFFREY J. SITROLA, Eastman Chemical Company GEORGE M. WHITESIDES ~ Harvard University PETER G. WOLYNES, University of California, San Diego RICHARD N. ZARE, Stanford University Staff JENNIFER J. JACK1W, Program Officer CHRISTOPHER K. MURPHY, Program Officer SYBIL A. PAIGE, Administrative Associate DOUGLAS J. RABER, Senior Scholar DAVID c. RASMUSSEN, Program Assistant ERIC L. SHIPP, Postdoctoral Associate DOROTHY ZOEANDZ, Director iCommittee member until July 2001; subsequently Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) liaison to the committee in her role as BCST co-chair. 2Committee member until March 2002, following his retirement from DuPont. vim
BOARD ON CHEMICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY KENNETH RAYMOND, University of California, Berkeley, Co-chair ALICE p. GAST, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-chair ARTHUR I. BIENENSTOCK, Stanford University A. WEEFORD CASTEEMAN, JR., Pennsylvania state University THOMAS M. CONNALLY, JR., DuPont Company JOSEPH M. DESIMONE, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and North Carolina state University CATHERINE FENSEEAU, University of Maryland JON FRANKLIN, University of Maryland RICHARD M. GROSS, Dow Chemical Company NANCY B. JACKSON, Sandia National Laboratory SANGTAE KIM, Eli Lilly and Company WILLIAM KEEMPERER, Harvard University THOMAS J. MEYER, Los Alamos National Laboratory PAUL J. REIDER, Amgen, Inc. LYNN F. SCHNEEMEYER, Bell Laboratories JEFFREY J. SITROLA, Eastman Chemical Company ARNOLD F. STANCEEE, Georgia Institute of Technology ROBERT M. SUSSMAN, Latham & Watkins JOHN c. TULLY, Yale University CHI-HUEY WONG, Scripps Research Institute STEVEN w. YATES, University of Kentucky Staff JENNIFER J. JACK1W, Program Officer CHRISTOPHER K. MURPHY, Program Of ricer SYBIL A. PAIGE, Administrative Associate DOUGLAS J. RABER, Senior Scholar DAVID c. RASMUSSEN, Program Assistant ERIC L. SHIPP, Postdoctoral Associate DOROTHY ZOEANDZ, Director . . vi!
Preface The Workshop on Energy and Transportation took place on January 7-9, 2002, in Washington, DC. This workshop was the second in a series of work- shops that comprise the study Challenges in the Chemical Sciences in the 21St Century. The purpose of this study was to carry out a survey of the current status of the chemical sciences, including chemistry and chemical engineering, and its interfaces with other disciplines such as mechanical engineering, physics, materials science, and the biological sciences. The goal of the study was to assess trends across these broad fields and identify key opportunities and challenges. The Workshop on Energy and Transportation had as its specific focus the contribution that the chemical sciences could make in the development of both emerging and traditional energy sources as well as new and improved transporta- tion. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 individuals from industry, academia, and the federal government with expertise in the chemical sciences. A series of presenters covered issues related to use of the chemical sciences to meet challenges in the areas of energy and transportation. The ideas and challenges identified in the presentations were used as a starting point for breakout sessions, where the participants further developed concepts and needs and identified oppor- tunities. All of this material, from both the presentations and the breakout sessions. were used by the committee as the basis for this report. The summaries of the presentations in this report contain the opinions expressed by the speakers. Sidebars are included in these presentation summaries to highlight topics of interest related to the presentations. These sidebars were authored by the committee and were based on feedback received by the commit- tee by the workshop participants. The final chapter of this report contains challenges identified by the committee. These challenges are based on the Six
x PREFACE presentations and the feedback from the workshop participants. While the com- mittee relied on this feedback to identify the challenges, sole responsibility for these statements rests with the organizing committee. Allen J. Bard Michael P. Ramage Co-chairs, Organizing Committee for the Workshop on Energy and Transportation
Acknowledgment of Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council's (NRC's) Report Review Com- mittee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectiv- ity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Rod Borup, Los Alamos National Laboratory W. Nicholas Delgass, Purdue University Julie L. d'Itri, U.S. Department of Energy Theodore H. Geballe, Stanford University Norman A. Gjostein, Ford Motor Company (retired) Roy Gordon, Harvard University David L. Morrison, North Carolina State University Christine S. Sloane, General Motors Corporation Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recom- mendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Dr. L. Louis Hegedus, Atofina Chemicals, x~
xt! ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF REVIEWERS Inc. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accor- dance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Contents Executive Summary Introduction 11 Research Opportunities and Challenges in the Energy Sector 13 3 Fuel Cell Development Managing the Interfaces 18 Interface Challenges and Opportunities in Energy and Transportation 23 5 R&D Challenges in the Chemical Sciences to Enable Widespread Utilization of Renewable Energy 33 6 Nano- and Microscale Approaches to Energy Storage and Corrosion 40 7 Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21St Century 8 A Renaissance for Nuclear Power? 9 Materials Technologies for Future Vehicles 45 49 56 10 Could Carbon Sequestration Solve the Problem of Global Warming? 62 11 The Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure for Fuel Cell Vehicles . . . x~ 66
xlv CONTENTS 12 Opportunities for Catalysis Research in Energy and Transportation 70 13 Role of 21St Century Chemistry in Transportation and Energy 76 14 Future Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in Energy and Transportation Appendixes A Statement of Task B Biographies of the Organizing Committee Members C Workshop Participants D Workshop Agenda E Results from Breakout Sessions 80 93 94 97 100 104