Current Seminars
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  • 4pm
  • Dow Science Complex 135
  • Dr. Mary Anne White, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
​​Sustainable Approaches to Materials Reserach

Abstract:  Materials research is the investigation of the relationships between and among the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials. Since the Stone Age, humanity has relied on the properties of materials for advancement. The present modern age of materials is underpinned on the development of semiconductors and polymers, to name just two material families. We have the whole periodic table at our disposal, and with more than 100 elements, we should be able to make billions of combinations, enough to satisfy our every need as a species. Or are their limitations that we have not yet considered? In this presentation, limits of elemental resources will be presented, and comments will be provided on life cycle analyses for material applications. Examples will be drawn from many areas, including two active areas of research in my lab: phase change materials for energy storage, and thermoelectric materials.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  • 4pm
  • Dow Science Complex 107
  • Dr. Katharine Page, Oak Ridge National Laboratory​
​Title: TBA