02/12/2019 Posted by University Media Services

Partnership For Progress

Improving America’s Health

Friday, March 1, 2019

11:15 AM

Mitchell Hall

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, opioid addiction … what progress is being made in fighting these killers, and how can we accelerate the discovery of new life-saving treatments? Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the biggest funder of biomedical research in the world —and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons from Delaware will be at the University of Delaware on Friday, March 1, for a ‘fireside chat’ about these important topics. UD President Dennis N. Assanis will moderate the discussion. The event begins at 11:15 a.m.

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02/14/2019 Posted by University Media Services

Inaugural Lecture:

Levi T. Thompson, Dean of Engineering | Elizabeth Kelley Prof. of Chemical Engineering

Taking a Stab at Alchemy: The Development of Nanostructured Early Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides

March 18, 2019

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

University of Delaware, Mitchell Hall

Many of the grand challenges facing society will require new, better-performing materials that are also inexpensive and abundant. In catalysis, platinum group metals (PGMs) are celebrated because of their exceptional performance characteristics but limited by their high cost and low abundance. In the mid-1970s, it was discovered that tungsten carbides, compounds with carbon in the interstitial sites of the tungsten lattice, can catalyze reactions that previously were only known for PGMs. Since then, early transition metal carbides and nitrides have been the subject of significant investigation. This talk will describe work in my group to design and synthesize nanostructured early transition metal carbides and nitrides with extraordinary catalytic and energy storage performance characteristics. We have focused on defining the genesis of the materials, unraveling the mechanisms and determining structure-function relationships that will enable the rational design of these materials.

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