Each Spring, we are privileged to invite one of the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers to campus for a presentation on their scientific specialty. These seminars are designed for the general public and topics cover a wide range of fields.
2013 Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. Theodore Goodson III
New Approaches to Energy Harvest and Storage
Wednesday April 17, 2013 West Science 2904 8:00pm
T. Goodson III, The Richard Bernstein Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Applied Physics Program, and Macromolecular Engineering, University of Michigan
As the need for enhanced energy harvesting and storage capabilities increases, the design and fabrication of real and new approaches to the energy storage market remains a major focus of developing technologies.The requirements for high density energy storage and fast energy release are critical now for a variety of important applications.High performance capacitors with low dielectric loss at high operational frequencies would enable greater acceleration in hybrid and electric cars (on highways for example); quicker switching response in electronic devices such as printed circuit boards, smaller size in portable devices such as laptops and defibrillators. With further advancements in materials, it has been shown that novel organic macromolecules are very promising for a broad variety of optical and electronic applications.A big advantage of organic high dielectric (capacitor) macromolecular materials investigated in the Goodson group at the University of Michigan is that they are cheap, easily processed and flexible with superior properties.
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