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Pint of Science Loughborough: for the greener good

About this event

Pint of Science is coming to Loughborough for the first time this year. It is a worldwide science festival that brings researchers to your local pub to present their scientific discoveries.

Join us for an evening of science and beer as we discuss science "for the greener good"

The topics and speakers include:

Donald Inns (PhD Researcher in Catalysis and Energy, Loughborough University): For the greener good: hydrogen and catalysis

With growing concern for global warming and finite fossil fuels, an alternative source of energy is needed - hydrogen is a potential candidate. A main source of hydrogen is from fossil fuel methane. Therefore, alternative production is needed. This can be from crops to plant waste (biomass) and this is where catalytic science is of vital importance.

Almost every process within manufacturing, growing the food you eat, and limiting your car emissions, uses a catalyst. This talk will explore the joys of catalysis, the wonders of nanoscience, and the possibility of a clean carbon-neutral future.

Joe Calverley (Researcher in Microbubble Applications, Loughborough University): Making biofuels better for the environment

Moving away from traditional fuels is an important step towards using energy in a sustainable way. These should be replaced with fuels that are renewable, that result in the release of fewer damaging emissions, and which do not produce other negative impacts.

If successful, Joe's work may allow bioethanol to be produced from food waste, which will not require the use of dedicated farmland. This is important as the increase in global population needs this land for food growth. Producing bioethanol in this way is fully renewable and results in fewer damaging carbon dioxide emissions.

Naomi Howard (Researcher in Analytical Chemistry, Loughborough University): Nanoparticles Assemble!

Nanoparticles are tiny - around a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair! They come in a range of shapes and with various properties. Interactions between nanoparticles give them the ability to self-organise or self-assemble.

This can occur within liquids and on surfaces. This phenomenon is useful in a wide range of fields including energy storage, production and electronics. However, the mechanisms that govern this behaviour are poorly defined. Naomi's work aims to determine what factors affect nanoparticle deposition and pattern formation on surfaces.

The event is supported by the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and will include a buffet.

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