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Energy Sources, Future is Topic of Fall’s First Science Cafe

Jared Delcamp conducts experiment in his UM lab.
Jared Delcamp conducts experiment in his UM lab.

American energy sources and rising technologies is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The fall semester’s first meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lusa Pastry Cafe, 2305 West Jackson Ave. Jared Delcamp, UM assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will discuss “Energy Dependence, Sources and Important Technologies: A Look Into America’s Future.” Admission is free.

“Evaluating and securing the United States’ energy future is critically important,” Delcamp said. “This talk will evaluate where our energy is coming from, estimates on how much we have left and discuss technologies being developed through the support of many private and government agencies in an effort to meet our future energy needs.”

Delcamp’s 45-minute presentation will also include a brief description of how these technologies work and what UM researchers are doing to gain full energy independence as well as a secure energy future for the nation. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

“Our energy needs are vast and directly related to many of our primary needs for survival, including the food on all of our tables,” he said. “With the rise of synthetic fertilizer dependence in our agricultural sector over the last century, we have linked ourselves to an energy-intensive process to provide our meals. Understanding where this energy is coming from and how much we have at our current sources is a serious concern.”

Delcamp practiced organic synthesis at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and organometallic chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his doctorate. As a postdoctoral researcher, he also studied dye-solar cell device fabrication and small molecule dye design at the Swiss Federal Insititute of Technology and organometallic chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Delcamp’s research areas are synthetic organic chemistry for molecular electronics and reduction of CO2 to fuels through organometallic chemistry.

For more information about Oxford Science Cafe programs, go to http://www.phy.olemiss.edu/oxfordsciencecafe. For more information about Delcamp and his work, visit http://www.delcampgroup.com. For more on UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, visit http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/physics_and_astronomy or call 662-915-5311.

 Courtesy of Edwin Smith and the Ole Miss News Desk
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