The Energy Challenge: Nanotechnology solutions towards sustainable development

Professor Federico Rosei, Director of the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec, Canada

Co-presented with the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Professor Rosei is the recipient of the Australian Academy of Science 2016 Selby Fellowship


10 March, 2016

As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end, humanity will face an energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources have already been identified. However, there is no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with new sources that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term. History reports disastrous consequences for human societies that exploited their resources in a non-sustainable way, and arguably this is exactly what is happening today on a global scale. Evidence for climate change is overwhelming.

Federico Rosei is one of the world’s leaders in nanomaterials and its applications in photonics. Concerned about the looming energy crisis, he proposes some solutions involving the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Federico Rosei

Professor Federico Rosei is Professor and Director of the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage.

Dr Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials.