Nano-materials scientist explores solutions to global energy crisis

Will nanotechnology be the solution to our energy woes?  Dr. Federico Rosei, Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials, believes thphoto_SMALLat engineering molecules can be used to solve the world’s energy problems.

“As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels comes to an end, many alternative energy sources have already been identified,” says Dr. Rosei. “However, there is no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with already identified sources that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term.”

Dr. Rosei will discuss how advanced materials and nanotechnology can be used for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion during What Type of Energy Will Power the Future of Humanity?

The free, public lecture takes place on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the main theatre on Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Dr. Rosei is a professor and director of INRS-EMT (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec). His research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, and stability when grown in different ways.

Since earning his MSc and PhD degrees from the Sapienza University of Rome, Dr. Rosei has published more than 160 articles in prestigious international journals, and been invited to speak at more than 150 international. He has received several awards, including the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2011), the Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physics (2013) and the Brian Ives Lectureship award from ASM international / Canada Council (2013).

What Type of Energy Will Power the Future of Humanity? is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College), which is sponsored by the Pacific Inn and Suites, Cooper’s Foods, Starbucks Coffee, and the Vernon Morning Star.

The Canadian Association of Physicists also sponsors this talk and admission is free.

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