A Philadelphia Science Café
eat. drink. science.
What’s on tap:
Monday, March 10, 2014
22 South Third St.
Doors open at 5pm. Ages 21+ or with a chaperone 25 years or older.
Rare Earth Metals: iPhones to Alien Life
Featuring Dr. Eric Schelter, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
Banished to the bottom of the periodic table, the rare earth metals are rarely discussed, exotic curiosities. Yet these metals are hidden throughout our daily lives, enabling internet communication, harvesting wind energy, and illuminating our existence. We’ll discuss the intersection of the metals with clean energy and the dark side of their exploitative mining and processing. From magnets to volcanic mudpots, rare earth metals inspire and amaze.
Eric Schelter is an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn. His area of specialty is f-block chemistry, and his work currently focuses on the chemistry of rare earth elements.
March’s Science on Tap is hosted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation.