Presented by Professor Federico Rosei (University of Quebec).
As the age of cheap fossil fuels comes to an end, humanity faces an energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources are being investigated and developed. The challenge is to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with new energy sources that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable. In this lecture, Professor Rosei will present the general picture of the looming energy crisis and discuss some possible solutions. In particular, he will describe the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion. Professor Rosei and his colleagues’ research into nanoscale systems, surfaces and interfaces is driving the development of materials and devices with improved properties.
Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Varennes (QC). Professor Rosei has published over 160 articles in prestigious international journals, has been invited to speak at over 150 international conferences and has given 20 public lectures around the world. His research focuses on the properties of nanostructured materials and how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning on suitable substrates. He has received numerous awards, including the Rutherford Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada, the Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physics and the FW Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
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