SOLAR FUELS NEW PATHWAYS FOR CUSTOMERS, UTLITIES, AND ENERGY COMPANIES TO INTERACT AND INNOVATE

Dick T. Co, Research Associate Professor of Chemistry, Managing Director, Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI), Northwestern University

Turning sunlight into stored power!

If realized, solar fuel technology will be able to take sunlight, water, and ambient air (carbon dioxide) and create a carbon-neutral fuel. We would be able to generate fuel onsite, and store the sun's energy in high-density media. The ability to convert electrons to molecules could present new pathways for customers, utilities, and energy companies to interact with each other and innovate in unfathomable ways today.

Co's discussion will introduce the science behind solar fuels — aka artificial photosynthesis — and why it is so simple and elegant, yet so complicated and unknown. He will also talk about having co-founded SOFI, an institute meant to bring together researchers from across universities, industry, and national labs to accelerate the discovery process and shorten solar fuels' lead-time to commercialization.

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WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

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WHAT IS SCIENCE CAFE?

Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible - much more so than a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!

WHO WILL BE THERE?

Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SCIENCE CAFE?

Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.


WHERE AND WHEN?

Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.

LOCATION

6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

CONTACT US

Email us with your questions.
sigma-xi@northwestern.edu.
If you have any ideas for programs, please let us know.