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Energy & Environment Seminar Series


Our future depends on finding solutions to intertwined energy and environmental challenges. The Delaware Energy Institute and the Delaware Environmental Institute are teaming up to offer a series of talks by University of Delaware researchers in our common areas of interest: energy, water, food, and climate. We hope to enhance our shared knowledge of the related research happening on campus and encourage collaborations.

Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, all fall 2017 seminars will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Room 106 of the Center for Composite Materials at the southeast corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street.

If you're in Newark or nearby, we invite you to attend the talk in person — there wil be light refreshments! But if you can't attend in person, you may join the seminar remotely via WebEx, where you'll be able to hear the audio and see the PowerPoint slides. We will also record the talk for viewing afterward — see the links to each recorded talk in the full schedule below.

To join the seminar by Bingqing Wei on October 17 on your computer, use this link.


Call in by phone using one of these numbers:
1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Use this link to troubleshoot if you have trouble joining the seminar.


Our Next Seminar:

"Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications"
Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 p.m., 106 CCM

Photo of Bingqing WeiDr. Bingqing (B. Q) Wei is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University and a research scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center. Bingqing was also a visiting scientist for the Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany in 1998–99. From 1992 to 2001, he was a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he received his bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering.

Bingqing is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). His research interests lie in nanomaterials and nanotechnology. His recent research focuses on controllable synthesis of macroscale nanotube architectures with one, two, and three dimensions; physical, chemical, electrochemical and mechanical property characterizations of nanotubes; and nanotube device applications. He has published more than 180 papers in refereed international journals, including Nature and Science, and delivered over 90 invited talks and seminars in academia and industry worldwide. 


Fall 2017 Schedule
(Links will connect you to the recorded version of each talk)

Download a PDF flyer of the full schedule here.

Oct. 3
Steven Hegedus, Scientist, Institute for Energy Conversion, presents
“Research at the Institute for Energy Conversion on Advanced Silicon Solar Cell Device Structures.”

Oct. 11 (note that this is a Wednesday)
Bonnie Ram, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, presents
“Renewable Energy in Denmark and Delmarva: Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy.”

Oct. 17
Bingqing Wei, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications”

Oct. 24
McKay Jenkins, Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor, Dept. of English, presents
“Highways, Subdivisions, and GMOs: An Environmental Humanities Look at the Way Americans Eat.”

Nov. 7
David Wunsch, State Geologist and Director, Delaware Geological Survey, presents
“Water Supply Management Issues in the Delaware River System: A Tale of Tunnels, Transfers, Tumult, and Trout Fishing.”

Nov. 14 (note that this takes place in 366 Colburn Lab)
Holly Michael, Unidel Fraser Russell Career Development Chair for the Environment, Dept. of Geological Sciences, and Associate Director of Environmental Initiatives, DENIN

Nov. 28
Benjamin Wollet, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of History
"Pumping Gas, Mobilizing Interests:  A History of Climate Change and Transportation, 1987-93."

Dec. 5
Andreas Malikopoulos, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, presents
“A Decentralized Energy-Optimal Control Framework for Connected and Automated Vehicles”

Dec. 12
John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, presents
“New Strategies for the New Climate: Thoughts and Observations After the COP23 Bonn Meetings”