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This public lecture will provide a general picture of the looming energy crisis, including some possible solutions.
What type of energy is needed for the future of humanity?
As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end, humanity will face an energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources have already been identified. However, there is no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with new sources that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term.
History reports disastrous consequences for human societies that exploited their resources in a non-sustainable way, and arguably this is exactly what is happening today on a global scale. Evidence for climate change is overwhelming.
During this public lecture, a general picture of the looming energy crisis will be discussed. Some possible solutions will be presented, including the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion.
About the Selby Fellowship
The Selby Fellowship is awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to visit Australia for public lecture tours with the aim of increasing public awareness of science and scientific issues.
About Professor Federico Rosei
Professor Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively.
Professor Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. He has published over 210 articles in prestigious international journals, has been invited to speak at over 220 international conferences and has given over 180 seminars and colloquia and 25 public lectures in 42 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 6300 times and his H index is 42.