FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 27, 2014

Sustainable energy is focus of plenary talks at American Chemical Society meeting

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2014 — Advances in renewable and sustainable energy, including mimicking photosynthesis and optimizing lithium-ion batteries, are the topics of three plenary talks at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday.

The presentations, which are among the more than 10,000 scheduled to take place at the meeting, will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., Ballroom A of the Dallas Convention Center.

As fossil fuel reserves become depleted, researchers are seeking alternative energy sources. Turning to green, leafy plants for inspiration, they are designing so-called molecular machines that mimic photosynthesis, converting the energy in the sun’s rays and water into fuels and electricity. Two plenary talks will discuss this topic. But the fuels and electricity from artificial photosynthesis, as well as from other alternative energy methods, need to be stored for future use. Thus, another plenary talk will address new methods and materials for fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries.

  • Jens K. Nørskov, Ph.D.: “Catalysis for sustainable energy”
  • Héctor Abruña, Ph.D.: “Operando methods for characterization of fuel cell and battery materials”
  • Michael R. Wasielewski, Ph.D.: “Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion.”

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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