2017 David Goodwin Memorial Lecture

Thursday May 4, 2017 4:00 PM

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Speaker: Douglas Hart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Gates-Thomas 135
An accident in an undergraduate class, casually disposed of in the sink, resulted in a minor explosion. What the terrified student unwittingly discovered turned out to be a inexpensive way to surface treat bulk aluminum allowing it to react with water at room temperature and produce hydrogen gas on demand. The result is one of the most energy dense, non-toxic, stable fuels known. Presented is the method for producing this fuel and research into how and why it works along with examples of power systems developed to utilize it.

Contact: Sonya Lincoln at 626-395-3385 lincolns@caltech.edu