Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and associated faculty in the Department of Chemistry, will give the Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture at the Spring 2016 American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego on Monday, March 14.
The Kavli Foundation Lecture Series focuses on transformative discoveries, the general public’s understanding of the societal challenges and how chemistry can help overcome these problems.
Carter, who holds appointments as professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and professor of applied and computational mathematics, will be speaking on “Quantum solutions for a sustainable energy future.”
Abstract: The current energy landscape is unsustainable. The burning of fossil fuels is causing tremendous harm to the planet, threatening the survivability of civilization as we know it. Using quantum mechanical computational methods, we explore the viability of alternative clean energy strategies for conversion of sunlight to electricity and fuels, clean and efficient combustion of biodiesel, and optimization of robust materials for fusion reactor walls.
She is also the founding director of the University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors for US Engineers.