There is little doubt that in the future, energy derived from the sun and wind will have to be stored in batteries, that organic chemicals will have to be made from renewable feedstocks rather than petroleum, and that water will have to be artificially purified as the needs of humanity exceed the naturally replenished supply. Our research using nanostructured block copolymers touches on all of these issues and can be summarized as attempts to answer the following questions:
» Can we design a battery that cycles forever?
» Can we participate in bringing batteries to the market?
» Can we design materials that stay wet at elevated temperatures?
» Can we design membranes that can purify alcohol from dilute aqueous mixtures?
» Can self-assembly be used to create efficient water purification membranes?