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Fasten your seat-belts and take a trip into the future! From ‘metal inks’ that can be printed in air, to hydrogen-powered cars, this event has everything you need to blow your mind! Joins us and take the chance of winning amazing Pint of Science and Mendeley goodies! This event will be held in the basement.
From Molecules to Materials – Chemical Design for Metallic Patterning
Dr Caroline Knapp (Ramsay Memorial Fellow)
With the market for inorganic electronics predicted to reach $45 billion by 2024, advances in the manufacture of flexible electronics has resulted in the efficient roll to roll process, employing inkjet printing. This leap in technology has left chemists racing to catch up, and scientists are working to create ‘metal inks’ that can be printed in air, then frozen below 150 °C, to give conductive metallic features. Caroline will discuss some of the highlights from her research group, explaining the chemistry behind metallic patterning.
Element 1: Powering the Future with Hydrogen
Anna Ploszajski (PhD student)
Hydrogen is set to revolutionize energy as we know it. But where does hydrogen come from? How can we harness its energy for renewable power? And is it safe for us to use? One of the major challenges before hydrogen-powered cars can hit the road is portable storage, since hydrogen usually exists as an unwieldy gas. Materials scientists believe the answer lies in solid materials which are packed with hydrogen and can release it on command. Join materials scientist and engineer Anna Ploszajski to hear about how these remarkable materials could be the final piece in the puzzle of hydrogen energy.