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Chemistry professor Tom Meyer will discuss the scientific and technological challenges to meet the growing needs for energy worldwide.  

Meyer, the Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will give the lecture “Our Energy Future: Science and Technology Challenges of the 21st Century” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 12) in the Toy Lounge in Dey Hall. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Meyer directs UNC’s Energy Frontier Research Center: the Center for Solar Fuels, where he leads groundbreaking research in new solar cell development and artificial photosynthesis. Meyer and his colleagues were the first to reproduce the entire process of artificial photosynthesis, which could be used to turn climate change culprit carbon dioxide into oxygen and constituents that can be converted to fuel.  

Meyer is a former vice chancellor/vice provost for graduate studies and research at UNC and a former associate director for strategic research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Energy and Environment Lunch is hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology. To register for the event, please contact Katie Hall at

Published February 11, 2013.