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April 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Kennedy Lecture | What Type of Energy Must Be Harnessed for Future of Humanity? April 14

The Kennedy Lecture Series and the Department of Physics & Astronomy present a special talk by Federico Rosei, Director, Professor and UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies, INRS-Ènergie, Univ. du Quebec, Montreal, Canada, on “What type of energy must be harnessed for the future of humanity?” on Friday, April 14, at 4:10 p.m. in Walter 245.

Federico Rosei

Federico Rosei

Abstract: As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end, humanity will face an energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources have already been identified. However, there is no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with new sources that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term. History reports disastrous consequences for human societies that exploited their resources in a non sustainable way1, and arguably this is exactly what is happening today on a global scale. Evidence for climate change is overwhelming. This public lecture aims at describing a general picture of the looming energy crisis, particularly to promote awareness2. Some possible solutions are discussed, involving the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion.

1 Jared Diamond, ‘Collapse’ Viking Penguin (2005).
2 N. Armaroli, V. Balzani. “The Future of Energy Supply: Challenges and Opportunities”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 46, 52 (2007).

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  1. In need of a theoretical physicist to join my team in R&D in Alternative Energy Sector in the Sandusky, Ohio area, part-time.

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