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Valerie J. Kuck - Why Are There So Few Female Faculty Members in Several STEM Fields? What Needs to Be Done?

Since 2009 women have received a majority of the doctoral degrees granted by U.S. institutions.In several scientific fields women have made great strides, whereas in a number of STEM areas the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 19th, 2019 7 plays 0  

Christaan Richter - World’s First Commercial CO2 to Methanol Plant

The George Olah CO2 to methanol plant, commissioned in April 2012, currently produces ~ 5 million liters/year renewable methanol and capture and convert up to ~ 5600 ton CO2/year [Lim 2016, Nature,…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 4th, 2019 3 plays 0  

Charles Musgrave - Computational Design of Organic Photocatalysis

Inorganic catalysts have been workhorses in many important industrial processes while many biological systems, such as photosynthesis, rely on organic catalysts. In this talk I will discuss the use…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 2nd, 2018 8 plays 0  

Biomass as fuel and feedstock for reduction of carbon emissions - Erica Belmont

Biomass holds great promise as a fuel or feedstock for carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative processes, including power, heat and chemical production. This talk discusses pathways for biomass…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 29th, 2018 17 plays 0  

Martin Z. Bazant - Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities

This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 12th, 2018 186 plays 0  

Ruth Misener - Gaussian Processes for Hybridizing Analytical & Data-Driven Decision-Making

Surrogate models are widely appreciated in chemical engineering. The typical setting focuses on expensive-to-evaluate, possibly uncertain functions. Resources are typically limited, so effective…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 3rd, 2018 39 plays 0  

Valerie Montgomery Rice - The Moral & Ethical Imperatives to Achieve Health Equity

As partisan politics becomes more and more entrenched in our society and continue to creep into the policy decisions that impact the everyday lives of individuals, the fight for health equity is…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 25th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Lauren Greenlee - FexNi1-xO(H)y Nanocatalysts for Alkaline Electrocatalysis

Sustainability in energy conversion processes requires materials that are designed to be high-performance and durable, yet cost-effective. Alkaline electrochemical systems provide an opportunity to…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 18th, 2018 11 plays 0  

Chang Lu - Epigenomic profiling with ultralow-input microfluidic assays: technology, biology, and medicine

Epigenome dictates turning on and off genes during normal development and diseases, forming another layer of regulation on top of gene sequence. Epigenome is cell-type-specific and highly dynamic…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 11th, 2018 41 plays 0  

David Sholl - Deep Work, Shallow Work, and Frippery

We are all surrounded by a never-ending stream of information, demands on our time and distractions. This talk will discuss how to establish habits that will allow you to focus deeply on long term…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on August 31st, 2018 66 plays 0  

Predictive Multiscale Modeling of Complex Systems for Sustainability - Dion Vlachos

Sustainability of chemical process requires more energy-efficient processes, utilization of renewable energy such as solar and wind to drive reactions and separations, better catalysts to improve…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 9th, 2018 33 plays 0  

Chemical Interactions between Organic and Inorganic Components in Atmospheric Aerosols - Arthur Chan

Atmospheric aerosols have important impacts on climate, air quality and human health. Air quality and climate models often cannot capture the chemical complexity of aerosols, which contain inorganic…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 14th, 2018 11 plays 0  

Chance, Necessity, and the Origins of Life - Robert Hazen

Earth’s 4.5 billion year history is a complex tale of deterministic physical and chemical processes, as well as "frozen accidents." This history is preserved most vividly in mineral…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 6th, 2017 17 plays 0  

The heart of darkness (in heterogeneous catalysis) - Aditya Bhan

Heterogeneous catalysts enable functionalization and derivatization of molecules for use as energy carriers, polymer precursors, and fine chemicals and mitigate the environmental consequences…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 23rd, 2017 87 plays 0  

What Should Scientists Do When Science Gets Political? - Roger Pielke

Fracking, climate change, GMOs. These are examples of scientific and technological issues that have become highly polarizing in contemporary American politics. This sets up a challenging situation…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 23rd, 2017 30 plays 0  

Catalysis to Eliminate Needless Chlorine in Industry - Direct Synthesis of H2O2 and “Green” Epoxidations - David W. Flaherty

H¬2O2 is an environmentally-benign and selective oxidant useful for epoxidations and bleaching, yet, its use is limited because the anthraquinone oxidation process is viable only at very large…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 13th, 2017 42 plays 0