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Internal News - 13 September 2006

University’s green energy research showcased at Glasgow Science Exhibition

Research into sustainable energy by scientists in the Department of Chemistry will this week be showcased at the Royal Society’s inaugural Glasgow Science Exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 12-14 September 2006 at the Glasgow Science Centre and gives the public the chance to see the best of the UK’s science, engineering and technology.

The exhibitors will explain their work on the science behind the next generation of technologies which it is hoped will lead to clean and sustainable replacements for fossil fuels.

Three research groups in the department are working on solar cells, biodiesel materials and fuel cell materials as possible answers to the problems of expensive and dwindling energy supplies and environmental pollution.

“These technologies have enormous potential,” said Professor Matthew Davidson, who has worked on the exhibition with Professors Saiful Islam and Laurie Peter.

“The sun provides the earth with more energy in an hour than the global fossil energy consumption in a year – we just need to harness it.”

Visitors to the exhibit, Power to the people: the molecular revolution in sustainable energy, will be able to try their hand at some computer aided chemistry, examine molecular models close up and see the team make solar cells.

The Power to the people exhibit was also showcased at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science exhibition earlier this summer.

It has recently been selected for the Science Day event to be held at Buckingham Palace in October, which will be attended by the Queen.

Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Saiful Islam
Professor Matthew Davidson
Professor Matthew Davidson
Professor Laurie Peter
Professor Laurie Peter



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