This seminar is intended for first year undergraduates to learn about the role that chemistry can play in addressing one of the greatest challenges we face: climate change. Chemistry has played a vital role in providing the energy needs of society, and advances in chemistry can help to develop abundant and economically viable energy technologies that do not have adverse consequences on the environment. Chemistry has long been central to the use of fossil fuel, and there remain opportunities to improve the efficiency of fossil energy resources thereby contributing to lower carbon dioxide emission per unit of energy generated. Importantly, chemistry is critical to the development of renewable energy resources, especially, solar energy for the generation of electricity and fuels. Material covered will include the challenges associated with meeting the world's increasing energy needs while reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. This class will cover the role of chemistry in energy technologies, including storage of energy.
Course Attributes: FYO