The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center1 has made a research mission of identifying, launching, and advancing innovative research directions in sustainable materials for renewable energy, meeting its human resource mission of educating the next generation of renewable energy professionals, creating outreach programs to inform the public about the potential of renewable energy, and promoting diversity among faculty, research associates, staff, students, and future students.

The Center harnesses the vibrant energy vision of Colorado School of Mines, the extensive research resources of the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)2, and the growing national interest to advance the solar, fuel cell and renewable energy technologies and research. The Center integrates cutting-edge basic research with education and outreach, into a powerful interdisciplinary mix to drive new research frontiers. Of particular interest are renewable energy technologies utilizing earth-abundant and sustainable materials.

1 REMRSEC is funded under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation through the MRSEC program in the Division of Materials Research (DMR-0820518)

2 NREL is the primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development for the U.S. Department of Energy. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, comprised of the Midwest Research Institute, Battelle Memorial Institute, CU-Boulder, CSU, Colorado School of Mines, MIT and Stanford. For more information visit

INSIDE REMRSEC: Advancing the Frontiers of Renewable Energy Materials Research

2016 Honors & Awards

Carolyn Koh received the Dean's Excellence Award at the 2016 Faculty Forum

Andrew Herring received the ENFL Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society

Eric Toberer won an NSF CAREER Award

P. Craig Taylor received the CASE Connector Award from the College of Applied Science and Engineering

Jeff Squier received the CASE Connector Award from the College of Applied Science and Engineering

Alan Sellinger received tenure

Chuck Stone was named outstanding faculty in physics by graduating seniors

David Ginley was added to the Chemistry Department Wall of Fame


REMRSEC external advisory board member and MIT Professor Emerita Mildred Dresselhaus, dies at age 86. Read the full story from MIT News.

Corinne PackardCorinne Packard receives AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award, given annually to a younger member of TMS who has shown exceptional promise for a successful career.

Carolyn Koh Carolyn Koh recognized for her service on Secretary of Energy Advisory Board's Task Force on Methane Hydrates.

REMRSEC student and Physics PhD candidate Grant Klafehn will be the student speaker at the Fall 2016 Commencement for graduate students.

Craig TaylorFormer REMRSEC Director P. Craig Taylor recognized for research, leadership, mentorship during retirement celebration

Chemistry Professor Ryan Richards has been named interim director of REMRSEC, and Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Carolyn Koh has been named interm co-director, both effective July 1, 2016

Adele TamboliREMRSEC 'alumna' and Physics Research Assistant Professor Adele Tamboli receives award from Energy Department Early Career Research Program

Inside cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical PhsyicsMines' Lakshmi Krishna, Eric Toberer, Carolyn Koh, and Mark Maupin among authors of research featured on inside cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: "Dynamic free energy surfaces for sodium diffusion in type II silicon clathrates"

Eric TobererAssistant Professor of Physics Eric Toberer has received an NSF CAREER Award for research that could ultimately yield the next generation of thermoelectric materials.