The Price of Doing Nothing: The World’s Energy Future

October 24, 2013

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Baldwin Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA


Energy is a basic foundation of human society, like food, shelter, communication and mobility.  A new international energy landscape is emerging as developing countries create their energy infrastructures and as energy technologies move away from fossil toward more sustainable sources and uses.  The fifty-year time scale for significant change to the energy landscape implies that the strategic research and development choices we make now will determine future energy and societal outcomes.  The promising discovery science and technology development opportunities that promote vibrant, interactive and rapidly advancing national and global societies in fifty years will be analyzed.

George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  He is Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is also Director of The Energy Initiative and the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors.  This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient.  He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment.  He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Crabtree has served as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Magnet Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida, and as Editor of several review issues of Physica C devoted to superconductivity.  He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 16,000 career citations, and has given over 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences.  His research interests include next generation battery materials, sustainable energy, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, and highly correlated electrons in metals.  He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, materials under extreme environments, basic science for energy technology, and computational materials and chemistry for economic competitiveness.  He co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Reception and registration at 5pm, presentation begins at 6pm. Discounted parking will be made available to the first 50 attendees at the 222 E. Huron St. garage; ask for a ticket at the registration desk upon arrval to the program.

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