Powering the Planet: Generation of Clean Fuels from Sunlight and Water

Saturday, February 19, 2011: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
206 (Washington Convention Center )
Every major change in the living standards for humanity has had an energy revolution at its heart -- the advent of the industrial age with the steam engine and use of coal, and the internal combustion engine and large-scale electricity generation. The energy demand, primarily from emerging economies, will double by 2050. The countervailing urgency of the threat of climate change requires a major shift in our energy sourcing, creating four new trends that will shape the current century: electrification, decarbonization, localization, and optimization. Among the renewable energy sources, only two are global in scale: biofuels and solar energy. Solar fuel energy is one of the “holy grails” in the 21st century -- the economical conversion of solar energy into stored chemical fuels. Research targeting efficient use of solar energy is inherently interdisciplinary, involving inorganic and organic synthesis, solid state chemistry and physics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and mechanism, and theoretical and computational chemistry. This symposium will bring together six of the world's foremost experts to discuss the current and future research in this area.
Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology
Bruce B. Brunschwig, California Institute of Technology
and Jay R. Winkler, California Institute of Technology
Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, Texas A&M University
Hydrogen Evolving Catalysts: Insights from Nature
Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
All-Inorganic Polynuclear Assemblies for Artificial Photosynthesis
Thomas Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University
Progress and Problems in Visible Light Water Splitting
Gerald J. Meyer, Johns Hopkins University
Making Chemical Bonds with Visible Light
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