PH240 - Fall 2011
Introduction to the Physics of Energy

Prof. Robert B. Laughlin
Department of Physics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
rbl@large.stanford.edu


Sarkis Agaian Building Thermal Efficiency
Wind Energy: Benefits, Design, and Challenges
Alvaro Aguilar Solar Power Conversion
RF Energy Harvesting
David Berryrieser Crude Oil Futures
Tim Blake Artificial Photosynthesis
Fission in Gabon
Nate Bogdanowicz Introduction to Smart Grid Concepts
The Difficulties of Shale Gas
Bryan Chan Impact of Bio-fuels on Commodities Prices
China's Energy Outlook
Navid Chowdhury The Belo Monte Dam Project
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells And The Bloom Box
Julien De Mori Future Thorium Reactors
Feces Conversion Processes
Clara Druzgalski Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: A Better Bulb For the Future?
Graphene and the Future of Photovoltaic Technology
Claire Durkin Mountain Removal in Appalachia
Bacteria and Cellulosic Biofuels
Ken Ferguson Fiber Optic Sensors in the Oil Industry
Politics of Green Energy
Jose Garcia Food Waste Recycled as Biofuel
Masdar City: Developing the Zero Carbon Emission City
Bhaskar Garg Introduction to Flow Batteries: Theory and Applications
A Brief Survey of Airborne Wind Energy
Christopher Goldenstein Algae Energy Costs
Advanced Combustion Engines
Cibele Halász The Calpine Geysers
Ethanol in Brazil
Misam Jaffer Use of Solar Energy in the Middle East
Wind Energy: Potential, Utilization and Impact
Ya-Chun Jan Albertan Oil Sands
Energy in Taiwan
Mason Jiang Large Scale Energy Storage
Chun-Kai Kao The Role of Catalysis for Fuel Cells
Solar Energy for Fuel Production
Ellie Kitanidis Smart Wells
The 2011 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster
Andrea Klein Our Single Greatest Threat
What Can Ice Tell Us About Climate Change?
Suhas Kumar Superconductors for Electrical Power
Energy from Radioactivity
Christian Lawler Storage of Nuclear Waste in the United States
Ionic Liquids: Safer Solvents for Lithium-Ion Batteries?
Yao Li Education - a Solution to Energy Issue
The Application of Graphene in Lithium Ion Batteries
Mike Machala Kerosene Lamps vs. Solar Lanterns
Carbon-Neutral Synthetic Fuel
Marie Maher Fuel Efficiency of a Human: The Energy Impact of Exercise
Re-Refining of Used Motor Oil
Alexander Mccurdy Direct Air Capture of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Deep Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Victor Miller The Impact of Stopping on Fuel Consumption
Air-breathing Space Vehicles
Tommy Mina The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The Itaipu Dam
Daniel Nagasawa Space-Based Solar Power Arrays
Extraction of Energy from a Black Hole
Nghia Nguyen Space Propulsion Technology and Energy Expenditures
Solar Sail-Powered Geostationary Satellites and Exploration Spacecraft
David Nicholson Laser Pulse Filamentation
On-Line Coal Monitoring with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
Brenda Ou Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting
Atmospheric Vortex Engine
Tom Parise Wind Turbine Design
Water Desalinization
Michael Shu Modern Wind Power
Wireless Power Transmission
Michael Sojka Orinoco Oil Belt
Corn Ethanol: Another Bad Option For Energy
Matt Tilghman The Helium Crisis: Real and Avoidable
Finite Biomass Capacity Limits
Idel Waisberg Brazil's Pre-Salt Layer
Hydrogen from Photocatalysis
Xing Xie Energy from Wastewater
Vanadium Redox-Flow Battery
Zoe Yan Marine Power
Binary Power Plants
Yuan Zhong Outlook of Electric Car Batteries
Lithium-Air Batteries: An Overview
Jerry Zhou Fueling Wireless Networks
Thermopower Waves