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Energy touches the lives of every North Carolinian every day. Critical activities ranging from transportation to operation of factories and offices to heating and cooling our homes hinge on our ability to produce and consume energy. Recognizing that most sources of easily accessible energy are limited and many are non-renewable, UNC must be at the forefront in making discoveries that will fuel our state and the world in the future, and we have a robust foundation on which to build.

Investment in a comprehensive effort to take full advantage of the wide array of energy research, development, outreach, and training provided by these and other programs, in collaboration with both private and nonprofit organizations, will yield scientific advances in the field and economic advances for the state.


The Future of Electronics: Designing new materials for organic electronics

  • NC Carbon Materials Initiative: Materials Design, Processing, and Manufacturing
  • $2,829,994
  • July 2014 - June 2017
  • Led by Harald Ade, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Physics, NCSU
  • North Carolina State University
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Central University

Harvesting energy from mixing fresh and salt water

  • Salinity Gradient Energy: An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina
  • $997,966
  • July 2015 - June 2018
  • Douglas F. Call, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NC State University
  • Orlando Coronell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-CH
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina State University
  • Coastal Studies Institute
  • East Carolina University