Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Australian Federation of Graduate Women NSW Inc

Young Members Network

Proudly presents a public lecture

A Sustainable Science:

Capturing Carbon Emissions

by guest speaker

Dr Deanna D'Alessandro

School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

(L’Oréal Australia Women in Science Winner 2010)

Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Building,
280 Pitt St, Sydney
(Near Bathurst St; closest station: Town Hall)

When: Monday, November 22

6.15pm Light refreshments, 6.30-7.30pm Lecture
Cost: Free (Donations gratefully accepted)

RSVP: by 18 November E: afgwnsw@netspace.net.au

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Deanna D'Alessandro, was awarded a 2010 L'Oréal Australia Women in Science Fellowship for her work on molecular sponges that can capture and release gases such as carbon dioxide using light.

As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), Deanna created metal-organic frameworks that could survive the tough industrial conditions present in power plant flue gas and still capture carbon dioxide. They’re not ready for commercial use yet – but they are a step closer to cost-effective carbon capture. Her materials could also have many other applications, such as hydrogen storage; gas separation; electrodes for sensors, and capacitors for electronic circuits.

In late 2009, Deanna returned to Australia to develop her own career as an independent researcher and she will commence an ARC QEII Fellowship in 2011. ‘I’m building a research team here in Australia that will help me turn my ideas into reality and contribute to a sustainable future.’

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