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Department of Chemistry in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to Host Harvard University’s Daniel Nocera, PhD

Inventor of "artificial leaf" will present three lectures, "The Global Energy Challenge," "The Chemistry of Solar Fuels" and "The Artificial Leaf"

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Daniel Nocera, PhD, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will visit Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences April 24 through 26.

Dr. Nocera—a chemist whose work centers on the development of inexpensive new energy sources for underdeveloped parts of the world—is most well-known for his invention of an “artificial leaf” that converts sunlight and H20 into a chemical fuel that can be stored. Along with conducting research, Dr. Nocera teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard.

He will offer his first lecture, entitled “The Global Energy Challenge at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center.  It is a campus-wide event to which local companies and universities are invited.  The second lecture, “The Chemistry of Solar Fuels” which will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday April 25 in Driscoll Hall Room 132, is geared toward specific departments and colleges at Villanova.

Dr. Nocera will also be giving the Sigma Xi Research Day Keynote address entitled “The Artificial Leaf” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center.

Prior to teaching at Harvard, Dr. Nocera was the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the director of MIT’s Solar Revolutions Project and its Eni Solar Frontiers Center, and is currently a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. A notable author, he has published over 325 papers and earned numerous awards for his work, including the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The events are sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and are free and open to the public.  

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.