Chemists shed light on the future of solar power

Posted by pt91 at Oct 23, 2012 11:30 AM |
President of the Royal Society of Chemistry to give public lecture at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 24th October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 October 2012

'Powering Ahead with Solar Energy'

Wednesday 24th October at 4 pm

Lecture theatre A, George Porter Building, University of Leicester

Free and open to the public

The University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry will host the current President of the Royal Society of Chemistry for a public lecture that will discuss the contribution that chemists can make to solar power research.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees’ lecture 'Powering Ahead with Solar Energy' will take place on Wednesday 24 October at 4pm in Lecture theatre A of the George Porter Building, University of Leicester. It is free and open to the public.

In order to meet the ever increasing demand for electricity from an ever increasing global population it will be necessary to turn to renewable sources.  One area where chemists can contribute effectively is in Solar Energy. 

The lecture will describe Dye Sensitised Solar Cells and the research undertaken at the University of Edinburgh to characterise such cells using techniques such as UV/visible and EPR spectroelectrochemistry.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees, MBE, FRSC, FRSE, is Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Active in the RSC since 1990, she has held many positions and was appointed Fellow in 2005 and was elected as first female president of the society last year. 

Herb research interests include inorganic electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry, EPR spectroscopy and solar energy. Other interests include the public engagement of science and the promotion of women in science.  She was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science, selected as a 2011 IUPAC distinguished woman in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012.

Professor Rob Hillman of the Department of Chemistry said: “Lesley is a distinguished scientist, a powerful voice for the benefits of chemistry in society at large, and an excellent role model for young people seeking rewarding careers in the chemical sciences.”

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