The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
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As scientists continuously hunt for novel approaches to combat our energy crisis, the field of materials science has secured a spot in the fight, furthering our understanding of the properties and applications of matter. “Materials discovery” is at the heart of this research. Featuring Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson from UC Berkeley and Dr. Matthew K Horton from Berkeley Lab.
In this month’s Midday Science Cafe, Berkeley Lab’s Dr. Matt Horton will walk us through the process of discovering materials, how computing has given us new tools to examine crystals in ways we never thought possible, and how researchers have embraced the open-data, open-source revolution. We’ll then zoom in on one of these applications with UC Berkeley’s Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson. She will take us on a journey to understand solar cells, starting from the sun, down to nanoscale proportions, and into the tiny crystals that convert sunlight into electricity. She’ll highlight the most important material challenges that scientists face in making solar a viable energy alternative—more efficient, reliable, and sustainable.
Registration is Required.
Dr. Matthew K. Horton
Materials Project Staff,
Materials Science Division,
Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson
Department of Materials,
Science and Engineering,
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