About Us

The Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR) at the University of California, Santa Cruz conducts basic and applied research in exploring exotic physical properties emerging from materials tailored at the length scale ranging from 10-9 m to 10-3 m. Our target applications include harvesting, converting, storing, generating, and transmitting energy as well as cutting energy consumption by implementing new knowledge at material, device, and sub-system levels potentially offering resources required to drive just about every aspect of the rapidly emerging global economy.

(Plasma Enhanced Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition, PHOTO: David Fryauf)