UA Science Cafe at Magpie's Pizza – 'Harnessing the Sun: Creating Power from Light'
Series topic: Shining a Light on Chemistry
Every day we depend on light, from the sun or electric lights, but we don't often think about light from a scientific perspective. Light comes in a many different wavelengths – what scientists call the electromagnetic spectrum. Scientists use different wavelengths of light to discover how our world works. In this series, graduate students from the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and members of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity for chemistry, will talk about what we can discover using different wavelengths of light.
Talk: "Harnessing the Sun: Creating Power from Light"
Presenter: Jimmy Stanfill, Ph.D. student, chemistry
Talk description: We live in a world where, every second, trillions of watts of power rain down for free from the sky above … yes, that amazing gift of nature is of course from our sun, but how can we take advantage of this reality? This talk will be about the revolutionary technology of solar panels and how they work photo-physically, what special materials they need and how the next generation of panels may change and save the world.