By: Vance McCarthy
At General Electric, nanotechnology is seen as “the ultimate materials science,” and holds a special power to change the fundamental landscape of the energy industry.
Today, GE’s nano-researchers probe the promises of nanosciences in the successor facility to the historic R&D lab where GE’s founder Thomas Edison unlocked the powers of electricity a century earlier and pioneers such as Langmuir and Blodgett established the field of surface science. Among GE’s early discoveries are nano-ceramic materials to make lighter and higher-powered aircraft engines, nanofibers to build more effective windblades for wind power, and nanotechnologies to drive more economical and high-efficiency solar panels.
Nano World News speaks with GE’s Loucas Tsakalakos, a project leader in GE’s Nanotechnology Program and a member of the program’s original team, to learn more about how GE sees nanoscience unlocking the power of the sun.