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Friday, February 21 in Jerome Richfield 315 at 11:00 am
Dr. Rosei is the Director of the Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications at the National Institute of Scientific Research in Montreal, Canada.
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 way, and arguably this is exactly what is happening today on a global scale. Evidence for climate change is overwhelming. This talk will describe the looming energy crisis, and discuss possible solutions involving the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion.