Resnick Institute

Critical Materials in Sustainable Energy Applications

Critical Materials

April 14-15, 2011

This workshop brought together a key group of people for a facilitated discussion to answer the question "How should we focus research and development efforts to best mitigate the effects of material criticality on achieving a sustainable energy future?" The workshop took place over the course of two days, and included four half-day closed-door working sessions, with additional plenary/keynote talks that were open to the Caltech community. See below for keynote presentations.

Opening Remarks

Harry Atwater: Resnick Sustainability Institute




Keynote: What Makes a Material Critical for Sustainable Energy

Jack Lifton: Tech Metals Research




Talk 1: Critical Materials Strategy

Diana Bauer: U.S. Deptartment of Energy




Talk 2: Japanese Approach Toward Critical Materials

Dr. Yasushi Watanabe: Japanese Institute for Geo-resources and Environment




Talk 3: Rare Earth Materials Strategy and Separation Industry in China

Professor Chunhua Yan: State Key Lab of Rare Earth Materials, Peking University