Research in the World Lecture Series: Energy Storage-The Missing Link

The role of new technologies in the world’s increasing demand for electricity is the subject of a public lecture taking place at the University of Bath next month (8 November, 6.15pm).

Professor Peter G. Bruce from the University of St Andrews will speak about how developing technologies will help us to meet the challenges of cutting emissions and finding renewable energy sources at the event which is part of Research in the World Lecture Series.

The world demand for electricity will increase from 20 to 32 Terrawatts per hour (TWh) over the next 20 years. At the same time the need to reduce carbon emissions means that electricity generated by fossil fuel needs to be replaced with the use of renewable sources.

Professor Bruce said: “These formidable challenges require a step change in technology that can only be met by new science.

“Such a reality plays out across many sectors of our society and economy but is beautifully encapsulated in the story of rechargeable lithium batteries.  The talk will illustrate how new scientific knowledge, the discovery of new materials and the exploration of radical new concepts is attempting to lay the foundations for technological transformation.”

Professor Bruce is Wardlaw Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  He leads a large research group and two major consortia tackling fundamental challenges in energy research.

His interests embrace the synthesis and characterisation of new and novel materials (oxides and polymers) with new properties or combinations of properties, especially energy materials for new generations of energy conversion and storage devices (lithium batteries).

His work has been recognised by a number of national and international awards and fellowships, including from the Royal Society Pickering Research Fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Lectureship, the US Electrochemical Society Carl Wagner Award and the German Chemical Society Arfvedson Schlenk prize. He was elected to the Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) in 2007 and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scottish Academy of Sciences) in 1994.

The lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 5 West 2.3 at the University of Bath on Tuesday 8 November 2011 at 6.15 pm

Free tickets available from Gail Gillespie in the Events & Ceremonies Office, East Building 2.2

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