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Life is Good: a Journey from Energy Storage to Protein Therapeutics

Speaker: Yunfeng Lu, University of California, Los Angeles
Series: CBE Departmental Seminars
Location: Elgin Room (E-Quad A224)
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Human civilization is associated with the harvest and utilization of solar energy.  Driven by massive use of fossil fuels, the first industrial revolution (mainly driven by coal) and the second industrial revolution (mainly driven by oil) have established the modern civilization yet with ecological deterioration.  Developing technologies that enable more effective energy harvest, storage and utilization has emerged as one of the most essential topics.  In this presentation, I will discuss how to make electrochemical devices (e.g., supercapacitors, batteries, and fuel cells) with better performance, focusing on how to construct effective transport pathways for electrons and ions to facilitate the chemical transformations.  Meanwhile, living organisms are made from the basic elements (e.g., C, O, H, N and P), consume energy and reproduce themselves through chemical transformations.  In this context, life and energy are highly associated and the research on protein therapeutics will also be presented.