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We research and develop higher-performance and lower-cost materials and devices for energy generation, storage and conversion. Our target industries are electric vehicles, microgrids, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, wearable power devices, and more.

UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.

At every point along the way, we train and mentor our students to become tomorrow’s workforce for green and advanced energy.


Recent News


Shirley Meng among finalists for Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

University of California San Diego nanoengineering professor Shirley Meng is among the Finalists of the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. She is one of 31 of the nation?s rising stars in science who will compete for three Blavatnik National Laureate Awards in the categories of Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences Full Story


Wearable cooling and heating patch could serve as personal thermostat and save energy

UC San Diego engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. The soft, stretchy patch cools or warms a user’s skin to a comfortable temperature and keeps it there as the ambient temperature changes. It is powered by a flexible, stretchable battery pack and can be embedded in clothing. Researchers say wearing it could help save energy on air conditioning and heating. Full Story




SPEC Announcements


Prof. Shirley Meng's talks highlighted in MRS

May 02, 2019 - Prof. Shirley Meng's talks on solid state batteries and anionic redox were highlighted in 2019 MRS spring meeting. Full Story


Check our new CMRR materials characterization facility

March 12, 2019 - This facility provides access to an array of state-of-the-art equipment for nanomaterial characterization, including XRD, XPS, Hall effect, UV-Vis, AFM/MFM, SEM, etc. Facility Site

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Real-world challenges inform our fundamental research. The Sustainable Power and Energy Center works closely with industry partners.
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UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.