2010-11 Science Café Talks

Inaugural Year

The LRSM, through the NSF-supported Penn MRSEC, presented a series of Science Cafés to promote NOVA’s four part TV series on materials, ‘Making Stuff with David Pogue,’ which will ran every Wednesday evening on public television stations at 9:00 pm starting January 19, 2011. The Science Cafés, which are science talks for laymen about materials-related topic of current interest, originally took place at 8:00 pm at Stoney’s British Pub, 3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE. The program has since expanded to other venues.

October 18, 2010 Professor John Vohs
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
‘What can  Fuel Cells do for you?’
November 22 Professor A.T. ‘Charlie’ Johnson
Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania
‘An Electronic Nose’
December 13 Professor Jorge Santiago
Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
‘How can we store energy?’
January 17, 2011 Dr. Geoffrey Nunes
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
‘The Future of Solar is Flexible’
February 21 Dr. Curtis R. Fincher
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
‘3-D Flat Panel Display Technologies’
March 21 Dr. Ken Pye
Lignol Innovations, Canada
‘Alternatives to Petroleum –
Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass’
April 25 Professor Arjun Yodh
Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania
‘Imaging inside the human body with light‘
May 23 Professor John D. Meakin (ret’d)
Materials Science and  Engineering
University of Delaware
‘Photovoltaic Energy Conversion’