2017 Fritz London Memorial Lecture/Quantum Mechanical Solutions for Our Energy Future
Professor Emily A. Carter (Princeton University, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science)
This lecture is hosted by the Duke University Chemistry and Physics Departments and the Duke University Chapter of Sigma Xi.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: French Family Science Center 2231
Rosenthal, Janet

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Abstract:  Efficient, clean, sustainable production of fuels and electricity is one of the great technological challenges of our time. My research is concerned with developing and applying accurate first principles quantum mechanics techniques to help identify robust, efficient, and inexpensive materials that will enable sustainable energy generation. This lecture will give selected examples from my research, ranging from improved materials for solar cells to photocatalysts to fusion reactors, with attendant brief descriptions of our unique theoretical methods used to extract insights into the relevant complex phenomena that will determine the efficacy of these technologies.