Dear Café Scientifiquers,Our next café will happen on Tuesday July 31st, 7:30pm at The Railway Club. Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Michael Wolf, from UBC Chemistry. Details below:

How nanomaterials can be used to change the way we collect and store energy in the future


Growing global energy demands and the potential for environmental catastrophe require a dramatic shift in how we obtain and utilize energy. The vast majority of energy currently used by humans is produced by combustion of fossil fuels. Fossil fuel consumption is driving significant increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, threatening the planet with mass extinctions, starvation, and rising sea levels. With global energy demands projected to increase by 50% in the next 25 years, the rapid development of renewable “clean” energy sources, as well as methods to store this energy and harness it, are needed. This talk will explore how a special class of substances called nanomaterials offer the potential of breakthroughs in solar energy harvesing and energy storage.


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