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    Chemical & Engineering News June 16, 2003 Volume 81, Number 24 CENEAR 81 24 p. 9 ISSN 0009-2347 NANOTECHNOLOGY Enabling New Sources Of Energy Production By
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      Chemical & Engineering News

      June 16, 2003
      Volume 81, Number 24
      CENEAR 81 24 p. 9
      ISSN 0009-2347

      Enabling New Sources Of Energy Production


      Of the top 10 problems humanity will confront over the next 50 years, the
      supply of energy ranks number one, says Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley,
      who is a professor of chemistry and of physics and astronomy at Rice
      University. He was speaking at a symposium titled "Changing the Landscape of
      U.S. Energy: Nano and Micro Technologies Making a Difference," at the
      Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.


      There will be 8 billion to 10 billion people living on Earth by 2050,
      Smalley said, and "hopefully, over the next two decades, we will find the
      energy necessary [to sustain] 10 billion people." He said the "energy
      revolution" that is needed will have to produce 30 to 60 terawatts of energy
      per day.

      "Where can you get energy of that magnitude?" Smalley asked. He said it
      would need to be developed as solar, wind, and geothermal energy, among
      other sources.

      The nanotechnology revolution, Smalley said, will provide enabling
      technologies for the feasible use of alternative energy sources. Among the
      nanotech developments for energy usage: photovoltaics, direct
      photoconversion of light and water to produce hydrogen; new fuel cells;
      better hydrogen storage; new and better batteries; and power cables built of
      superconductors or quantum conductors. From the "garden of the physical
      sciences, we need miracles to happen," he said.

      Copyright © 2003 American Chemical Society



      The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center presented its inaugural event
      for fall 2003 "Our Energy Challenge," a public lecture by Nobel laureate
      Richard E. Smalley at the Columbia University Low Library Rotunda Tuesday,
      September 23, 2003 at 7:30pm. Describing the growing energy crisis in the
      U.S., as well as internationally, Dr. Smalley recommended alternative
      sources of energy for the nation and the world.There was a reception
      immediately following in the Low Library Faculty Room.

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      Scientific Directors

      Horst Stormer
      Professor of Physics and Professor of Applied Physics
      Adjunct Director of Physics at Bell Laboratories
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      Ronald Breslow
      Professor of Chemistry
      and Professor of Biological Sciences
      rb33@ columbia.edu

      Managing Director

      James T. Yardley
      Professor of Chemical Engineering
      jy307@ columbia.edu
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