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Session: Powering the Planet: Generation of Clean Fuels from Sunlight and Water
Title: Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photochemical Water Splitting
Presenter: Nathan Lewis
Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis;
George L. Argyros Professor and professor of Chemistry at Caltech

The demand for energy, primarily from emerging economies, will double by 2050. The countervailing urgency of the threat of climate change requires a major shift in our energy sourcing, creating four new trends that will shape the current century: electrification, decarbonization, localization, and optimization. Among the renewable energy sources, only two are global in scale: biofuels and solar energy. Solar-fuel energy is one of the "holy grails" in the 21st centurythe economical conversion of solar energy into stored chemical fuels. Lewis will discuss one of the solar-driven hydrogen methodologies for achieving more efficient generation of energy and clean fuels.

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Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Salon 206, Washington Convention Center

Plenary Lecture: Design and Evolution: Engineering Biology in the 21st Century
Presenter: Frances H. Arnold
Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at Caltech

Frances Arnold is a pioneer in the use of methods of laboratory evolution to generate novel and useful enzymes and organisms for applications in medicine and in alternative energy. Her multidisciplinary approach reveals insight into the way natural evolution might have occurred. She holds more than 20 patents and patent applications. She was recently named co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize by

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

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