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2/11/2009 Lecture to focus on developing renewable energy technologies

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            McMINNVILLE – Nathan Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will present "Where in the World Will Our Energy Come From?" Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Walter P. Dyke Endowment, honoring the Linfield alumnus and faculty member who was known as a strong teacher, innovative scientist and researcher, and philanthropist.

            Lewis will discuss what it will take for the world to get away from fossil fuels and switch over to renewable energy, including the technical, political and economic hurdles that will need to be overcome before renewable energy technologies will be widely adopted. Converting to wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal energy will not only take planning but also investment in research and development, a variable price per unit of energy to get it produced, and plenty of resources to create the energy sources.

Lewis has been on the faculty at Caltech since 1988. Since 1992, he has also been the principal investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center. He previously taught at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, the Orton Memorial Lecture, the Princeton Environmental Award, and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses.

The Walter P. Dyke Endowment was established through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, where Dyke served as a trustee for many years. The fund was established to support faculty and student research and strengthen the research environment in the sciences at Linfield.