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Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Delivers the Inaugural Haber Professorship Lecture

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (center) was named the first Haber Professor through a gift from Robert J. Haber, E79 (right) and his wife Marcy (left).
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (center) was named the first
Haber Professor through a gift from Robert J. Haber, E'79 (right)
and his wife Marcy (left).
The inaugural Haber Professorship Lecture was delivered by Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, on November 17, 2010. The presentation was entitled, "Doing More with Less: Nano- and Atomic-scale Catalysts for Energy Sustainability."

Abstract:
A portfolio of energy solutions are envisioned for the foreseeable future, encompassing both renewable and traditional fuels and processes to meet the ever growing demand for energy worldwide. Resources are currently stressed and geopolitical considerations are in a state of flux. From the point of view of materials, particularly catalysts that can be used to optimize the relevant fuel production and utilization processes, the call to action is fueled by advances in nanotechnology, especially those advances that promise to make a difference.

In this lecture, we will examine how a Tera(watt)-scale energy problem can be attacked by Nano(meter)-scale agents in the form of very active catalysts with efficient use of resources. The hope is that proper development and engineering of minute quantities of precious metals at the atomic scale will offer new economic solutions to the way we generate energy both now and in the future. Materials resource conservation and energy sustainability are in the end intricately intertwined.
 
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