Faculty and staff are invited to view the 2015 IIT Research Day Sigma Xi Lecture by Mike Pellin that took place on April 15. Pellin is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow from the department of physical sciences and engineering at Argonne National Laboratory. Pellin’s lecture discussed how new and more capable materials are a key component of any strategy to ease the energy crisis and energy generation effects on our planet’s weather. Nowhere is the need for improved material properties more evident than in nuclear electricity generation. Of the limited available base load options, nuclear is as attractive as a proven, carbon-free, dispatchable option. Although in the United States the nuclear power industry has a remarkable record for safe and reliable operation, events such as the recent failure of a power plant in Fukishima, Japan demonstrate the need for material improvements that can make reactors passively safe.
IIT Research Day and the Sigma Xi Lecture are organized by the Office of Research. For more information, click here and select the dropdown IIT Research Day. You may also contact Elizabeth Soto, assistant director for proposal development in the Office of Research at email@example.com.