Watson Lecture: Electrifying and Decarbonizing Chemical Synthesis

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Karthish Manthiram, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; William H. Hurt Scholar, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
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There is a significant carbon footprint behind the physical world, including the fabrics we wear, the foods we eat, and the disinfectants we spray. This problem presents the need to find ways to synthesize chemicals and materials in a sustainable manner that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from these products. In this lecture, Manthiram will discuss how his lab is developing an approach that uses electricity to convert air and water into the useful chemicals and materials we rely on every day.

This lecture will be presented in a hybrid format, allowing for both virtual viewers and in-person attendees. No advance registration is required for either format but you may sign up for reminders about this event.

How to watch online

The lecture can be viewed via live stream on caltech.edu/watson or on Caltech's YouTube channel.

Virtual viewers can submit questions for the lecturer through the YouTube chat feed. Select questions will be answered after the lecture, during the audience Q&A.

How to attend in person

Local participants can attend the lecture inside Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

By entering the auditorium, attendees attest to being fully vaccinated or having a legal medical exemption. Masks are optional inside Beckman Auditorium.

In-person attendees can ask questions during the audience Q&A immediately following the program.

About the Series

The 2022–2023 season marks the centennial of The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series, which has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public since the Friday Evening Demonstrations premiered in October of 1922. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. The Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach.

Many past Watson Lectures are available on YouTube.

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