Ko Lecture on Solar Fuels by R. David Britt

Join UC Davis for the announcement of the Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership as well as a lecture from the inagural recipient, Distinguished Professor R. David Britt.

Solar Fuels: Nature’s Approach

Although enormous, mankind’s total consumption of energy is dwarfed by nature’s global utilization of solar energy by photosynthesis, a process by which visible light is used to convert carbon dioxide and water to sugar and oxygen. Hence there is much interest in understanding how one might more directly integrate photosynthesis into our renewable energy portfolio. Photovoltaic technology now provides a practical source of solar electricity, but in the important transportation sector the high energy density of fuels — with energy efficiently stored in chemical bonds — remains important. We will discuss how natural photosynthesis carries out the conversion of light energy to chemical energy without the use of silicon or copper wires, and how photosynthesis might be modified to directly produce useful fuels such as hydrogen.


Mon, April 29, 2019, 4:30 PM PDT


Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

254 Old Davis Road

Davis, CA 95616



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R. David Britt

Author: ACS Sacramento Section

The Sacramento area has over 900 members of the American Chemical Society in all areas of chemistry.

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