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Science Journey: Fueling the World Engine: Chemistry for Solar Fuels

Jake Evans, Graduate Student in Chemistry

This video premiered on Friday, November 6, 2020.

How much power does the world use? How do solar panels work? What chemicals could we use to store energy?

In this video, Jake Evans explains how chemists are using light to make fuels and move towards a sustainable energy future.

Questions from Viewers; Answers from Jake

About the Speaker

Jake Evans in a cleanroom
Jake Evans in a cleanroom

Jake Evans is a PhD student in chemistry at Caltech studying corrosion protection in high-performance solar energy devices. He is involved in the Visiting Scientists program at Caltech, volunteering in a local public elementary school to provide science education. He is also a member of the chemistry graduate studies committee, which provides academic and social events for graduate students at Caltech.

Jake is from Raleigh, North Carolina and spent his younger years reading books about nature and going to science museums. He attended Fuquay-Varina High School and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied chemistry and got involved in science communication through the Morehead Planetarium.

He began his research career studying nickel oxide, a useful material for solar energy conversion. Outside of the lab, Jake performed demonstrations and gave live lectures to visitors from around the state on a variety of scientific topics.

Jake enjoys stargazing, tabletop role-playing games, and college basketball.

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