New Lab Space Boosts Energy Exploration at Yale’s West Campus

At newly renovated facilities, an interdisciplinary coalition of scientists and researchers come together to achieve breakthroughs in renewable energy and carbon management.

A major renovation at Yale’s West Campus concluded this fall with the expansion of the Energy Sciences Institute (ESI) into consolidated space adjacent to the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

Until now, the institute’s laboratories have been spread across separate buildings. The renovation brings together faculty from numerous disciplines under the same 30,000-square-foot roof for the first time, and it creates space for incoming scholars.

Yale’s Energy Sciences Institute was established in 2011 as a hub for interdisciplinary research on the physical sciences and scientific approaches to energy. The institute combines previously unconnected disciplines in a broad effort to tackle one of the grand challenges facing humanity – the need for viable renewable energy and carbon management solutions.

The institute’s diverse mix of scholars develop materials and catalysts for solar energy conversion and storage. Thanks to the renovation, scientists from the departments of chemistry and mechanical engineering & materials science now share open-plan labs with others from the applied physics, physics, chemical & environmental engineering, and electrical engineering departments.

Read more about the expansion of the Energy Sciences Institute.

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