Resisting Climate Chaos:
Connecting scientists, activists, and innovators
Beginning Wed., February 22, 6 pm at the William A. Kerr Foundation building
The solutions to ensure a stable climate and resilient communities are within our reach. Scientists are exploring and developing clean, renewable energy options at the same time the public is clamoring for leadership and progress to address the threats of climate change, including dangerous air quality, increased flooding, and extreme weather events.
More than ever, the public needs to be informed of the potential of science to address the catastrophe of climate change. Because scientific facts now face distortion, dismissal, and replacement by “alternative facts,” our direct engagement with scientists is critical.
We can't wait for the government to solve climate change so we are bringing the science to the people.
The format for each session will be as follows:
- Doors open @ 6 pm
- Introduction of speaker and topic
- 30-minute presentation of new or little-known science and engineering option followed by commentary
- Q & A
- Audience discussion to propose and discuss options for action
- Networking & Sign-ups
Series One: Nanotechnology to the Rescue!
Session One: February 22, 6:00, Kerr Foundation
Bryce Sadtler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, presents:
"Generating fuels from sunlight using nanoscale materials"
Plants store energy from the sun in the form of chemical bonds. A major scientific challenge today is to create materials and devices capable of efficient and stable artificial photosynthesis. Such systems could transform sunlight into chemical fuels with conversion efficiencies much greater than those of plants. WU Chemist Bryce Sadtler uses chemical synthesis to make new nanoscale materials for solar fuel generation. See some surprising movies and enjoy some really clever science. Consider whetheractivists could help Bryce Sadtler revolutionize global solar energy collection by shortening the time between laboratory demonstration and world-wide installation of solar fuel systems.
For general information about Prof. Sadtler and his work, with illustrations, see
For advanced reading following the talk, see
N. S. Lewis and D. G. Nocera “Powering the planet: Chemical challenges in solar energy utilization” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2006, vol. 103, 15729-157
Available free on the web, but access will be provided after the talk for those who need it.
Session Two: March 1, 2017
Srikanth Singamaneni, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, presents:
"Cutting the massive energetic cost of clean water using nanoscale materials"
Water is in short supply all over the world. Water pure enough for drinking and agriculture is even scarcer. Many efforts to solve the problems require expenditure of a great deal of energy and extensive development of infrastructure. Professor Singamaneni and collaborators have relied on knowledge of nanocarbon structures to develop a cheap device that can be used independently by every household with available sunshine. Rapid dissemination of the inexpensive device could have significant humanitarian benefit while diminishing world energy expenditures on a reasonable time scale.
For general information about Prof. Singamaneni and his work, see