MONDAY, March 10, 2013
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.
remaining dates for the 2013/2014 program year.
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March 10, 2014 - hosted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation
April 14, 2014 - hosted by the Mütter Museum
May 12, 2014 - hosted by the American Philosophical Society Museum
June 9, 2014 - hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science
July 14, 2014 - hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences
August * HIATUS