Title :

Nanotechnology for Clean Energy Applications

Speaker :

Dr. WEN Dongsheng

School of Engineering and Materials Science

Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom

Venue :

Room 215, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Jul 5, 2012, Thursday
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Abstract :

Concerns about the climate change due to the emissions of greenhouse gases, and the projected decline in fossil fuel production have put energy as the single most important problem facing humanity in the next fifty years. Securing clean, affordable energy for the long term is becoming one of the biggest challenges in the world. Nanotechnology is expected to play a significant role in revitalizing the traditional energy industries and stimulating the emerging renewable energy industries. This talk outlines the potentials of nanomaterials in clean energy applications, and focuses on our recent development of two technologies: ‘nanofluids’, i.e. engineered colloidal dispersions for heat intensification applications, and ‘nanofuels’, i.e. metallic energetic nanoparticles as a future energy carrier, as well as the discussion of the opportunities of nanotechnology in other energy sectors such as solar energy.

Biography :

Dr. Dongsheng Wen obtained his bachelor in aeronautical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and master degree in engineering thermophysics from Tsinghua University, China. After obtaining his DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, he had worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds for two years. He moved to Queen Mary, University of London in 2006, firstly as a lecturer and then senior lecturer, and since 2009, becomes a Reader in Future Energy. His primary research activity is at the interface of nanomaterials and energy, ranging from controlled nanomaterials synthesis, characterisation to different energy applications. His research is supported by both research councils and industrial companies, which produces three patents and ~90 peer-reviewed journal publications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), a Fellow of Energy Institute (FEI), a Fellow of Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

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