Water, Electronics, and Energy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland


Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

We all know that water is essential to life. With energy from the sun, water is converted to the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe by the chemical factories that we call plants. But, did you know that water chemistries are being developed to provide industrial factories with new ways to make electronic gadgets like smartphones and solar cells? Such developments are enabling a transformational approach to environmentally responsible manufacturing. Come explore how we turn rocks into computers and how the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry is contributing to a clean and sustainable future through chemistry.

Douglas Keszler, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. He is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, a multi-institutional Phase-II Center for Chemical Innovation sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. His research is focused on the discovery and development of completely new compositions of matter and their integration into new electronic and energy devices.