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Moriarty Science Seminar: Minerals as the Bedrock of the Energy Transition
February 26, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
At the Museum
R.W. Moriarty Science Seminar Presents: “Minerals as the Bedrock of the Energy Transition”
Speaker: Barbara Dutrow, Louisiana State University.
Minerals, the fundamental solid material comprising planet Earth, are critical to solving some of society’s most pressing challenges, including global warming and the climate crises. Minerals provide the essential chemical constituents needed for the lower carbon energy transition and are a key for technological advances. Their myriad crystal structures inform new technologies that capture the mineral’s unique properties to provide solutions to, and advance development of, new materials. Other minerals act to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, lowering dangerous greenhouse gases.
This presentation focuses on three aspects of minerals centrality to the lower carbon energy transition: their ability to act as sinks for carbon dioxide; their unprecedented need as suppliers for chemical elements critical to a vast number of current and future technologies; and their use as templates for advanced functional materials that are more energy efficient. Central to these themes is the role that minerals play as a part of the solution to these crises.
This event will take place Monday, February 26, 2024 at Noon in person at Earth Theater.