Sustainable Energy Sympoisum
​Top row: Steven Chu, Dame Julia King, Sir Richard Friend, Daniel Nocera, Paul Alivisatos, Bottom row: Josef Michl, Katherine Richardson, Harry Atwater, Susanne Siebentritt and Jean-Marie Tarascon.

Top scientists in sustainable energy gathers at Chalmers

​On 6-8 December, the Sustainable Energy Symposium is held at Chalmers, in collaboration with the Molecular Frontiers. The seminar brings together world-leading researchers from several science disciplines to present the latest advances within the field.

The conference gathers distinguished researchers, industry representatives, decision makers and an engaged public for presentations and discussions on future energy solutions. Development of sustainable technologies for solar energy, batteries and energy storage is needed to make the necessary switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. During the conference, the latest advances in the field will be highlighted, and the content will be made available to the public. Through live broadcast at Molecular Frontiers YouTube Channel  you will be able to follow the conference even if you are not in place.

150 high school students participate
Sustainable Energy Symposium is a unique event in several ways – about half of the conference participants are high school students. This is possible thanks to the Molecular Frontiers Foundation which offers a scholarship for students from all over the country to come. The Molecular Frontiers emphasize in particular the importance of being curious and asking good questions. Approximately 150 students from all over the country are given the opportunity to listen to and ask questions to world-leading researchers.

Among the speakers are noted:

Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner in Physics 1997 and Obama's Energy Ministers 2009-2013.
Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his work on laser cooling of atoms. Since then, his research has increasingly been about solving the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy supply. In 2009, Barack Obama appointed him the United States Secretary of Energy, and became the first scientist in an American government. After his time as Energy Secretary, he returned to research but remains a prominent debater focusing on renewable energy and nuclear power. He emphasizes the importance of reducing fossil fuel use to address global warming and climate change. He has put forward a number of innovative and sometimes controversial proposals for action.

Paul Alivisatos, University of California at Berkeley
Paul Alivisatos is a pioneer in nanotechnology, focusing on inorganic nanocrystals. By controlling the size and surface of the nanocrystals, his research team can tailor their properties and produce materials for a variety of applications, including solar cells and materials to reduce carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons. He has developed quantum dots, small semiconductors that are isolated from the environment and are extremely effective in absorbing and transmitting light. These are already used in the most energy efficient and high quality television screens in market today.

Daniel Nocera, Harvard University
Two inventions of Daniel Nocera may be of great importance in the future. The artificial leaf, mentioned in Time magazine’s list of Inventions of the Year 2011, mimics the photosynthesis, and splits water into hydrogen and oxygen by using sunlight. A further development of the concept is the bionic leaf, which takes carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with hydrogen from the artificial leaf to produce biomass and liquid fuel. In this way, a cycle is achieved that is much more efficient than photosynthesis in nature, which can contribute to a green and cheap production of fuel and food.

Here you will find the entire program for the conference >

Plenary lectures 7-8 December:
Steven ChuClimate Change and innovative paths to a sustainable future
Nobel laureate in Physics 1997, former United States Secretary of Energy. Stanford University, United States
Dame Julia KingElectric vehicles in a sustainable energy system
The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE
Sir Richard FriendHow can molecules function as semiconductors?
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Daniel G. NoceraFuels and Food from Sunlight, Air and Water
Harvard University, United States
Paul AlivisatosQuantum Dot Light Emitters: from displays to enabling a new generation of energy conversion systems
University of California, Berkeley, United States
Josef MichlSinglet Fission for Solar Cells
University of Colorado Boulder, United States and Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Katherine RichardsonHow do we transition an entire country’s energy system to renewables?
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Harry AtwaterFuelling Human Progress with Sunlight
California Institute of Technology, United States
Susanne SiebentrittThin film solar cells – achievements and challenges
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jean-Marie TarasconMaterials science for electrochemical storage: Achievements and new directions
Collège de France, France

Published: Mon 04 Dec 2017.