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Sustainable Energy - an industry view on the obstacles and opportunities

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Over the course of her scientific career, physics Professor Ellen D. Williams has investigated the atomic-scale interactions on the surfaces of materials. Her research group in experimental surface science at the University of Maryland explores fundamental issues in statistical mechanics and their practical applications in the growing field of nanotechnology. Her work may help guide and usher in an era of more stable nanodevices.

Professor Williams believes that electronics eventually will be ubiquitous. But, she says, “we must continue to create technology that lowers our ecological and environmental footprint. We’ll have a better life, but not if we trash the Earth while we’re doing it. Dealing with these issues is absolutely the direction science has to take.”

In 2005, she was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences; two years earlier, she was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently is taking leave of absence from her University to serve as Chief Scientist for BP.

This talk is part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture Series 2012 series.

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