[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melb, Wed 19 Oct 6:30pm; Prof Doug MacFarlane, Sustainable Energy Technologies for the “Sustainocene”

David Vaux vaux at wehi.EDU.AU
Mon Oct 10 05:54:51 UTC 2016

ANZAAS Victorian Division  -   Science Talk, MELBOURNE

All welcome, free, and bring your friends! Refreshments after the talk.

 At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 6:30 pm

Professor Doug MacFarlane

Australian Centre for Electromaterials Science

School of Chemistry, Monash University

“Sustainable Energy Technologies for the “Sustainocene””

Our developed society is heavily dependent on abundant energy supplies of energy – mostly fossil fuel derived.  The heavy impact their use has on the global environment, forces us to contemplate a broad new suite of energy generating and storage technologies that will become the foundation of more sustainable future. This talk will highlight the challenges and progress towards implementation of some of these new technologies.
Solar energy harvesting and storage will be a corner stone of sustainable energy technologies. New developments are exploring the direct conversion of sunlight into hydrogen, methanol and hydrocarbons. The chemistry of these processes come tantalisingly close to “artificial photosynthesis” and the approaches that are developing borrow heavily from an understanding of natural processes.
More controversial is the question of whether nuclear energy may continue to have a role in the “Sustainocene”. The sheer quantity of energy available form this source encourages mega-science to tackle some of the problems.  New sources of “clean” fission reactions such as Thorium will be discussed.
Professor MacFarlane is an ARC Laureate Fellow at Monash University, and program leader of the Energy Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. He holds Adjunct appointments at the University Alabama and Queens University Belfast. He was appointed Professor of Chemistry at Monash in 1995, Deputy Dean of Science 2000-2001 and Head of School 2003-2006.


Forthcoming Event:

Friday 18th November       ANZAAS YSA Joint Annual Dinner

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

Further Info:         David Vaux       9345 2941                davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com <mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>
http://www.anzaas.org.au/victoria/ <http://www.anzaas.org.au/victoria/>


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