Can We Grow Energy? The Role of Chemistry in the Energy Future

June 2, 2011

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The global demand for energy continues to soar and the interface of biology-chemistry to fossil fuel replacement may be the next breakthrough. How is chemistry preparing for this challenge? What technologies are holding promises? Will biofuels be the solution or create other problems? Join us as our speaker, Dr. Bruce Dale from the Office of Biobased Technologies at Michigan State University, discusses the challenges, innovations, and questions chemists should ask to make an informed decision on biofuels.

What You Will Learn

  • Biofuels must be compared with each other and with petroleum fuels using appropriate metrics if we are to make proper choices among them
  • Some biofuels, notably cellulosic biofuels, satisfy these metrics, others do not
  • In our public discourse, we are asking the wrong questions about biofuels
  • If we ask the right questions, we will see that cellulosic biofuels have enormous potential to replace fossil fuels.
  • And much more…

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Bruce Dale
Michigan State University

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