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World-renowned chemist speaks at U of T about ground-breaking renewable energy discovery

October 14, 2011

TORONTO, ON – Daniel Nocera, The Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be visiting the University of Toronto on Tuesday, October 18 to speak about the exciting discovery in his lab of a practical way of using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, a process that could provide a renewable source of clean energy for the world.

His vision is to provide inexpensive solar devices to everyone  wherever the sun shines, for their personal energy needs. One innovation in the design was the discovery of an anode material that allows the efficient evolution of oxygen gas from water. The oxygen and hydrogen produced can be used in a fuel cell to cleanly generate electricity, regenerating water in the process. Considering that the developing world’s demand for energy is projected to increase dramatically over the next 50 years, his ideas are of vital importance.

Prof. Nocera will be visiting the Department of Chemistry as the A.R. Distinguished Lecturer. His lecture will be the culmination of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 Celebration at the University of Toronto


WHAT:          Lecture: “The Global Energy Challenge and a Solution”

WHERE:       Department of Chemistry

MacLeod Auditorium
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 18, 4 p.m.



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