Grounds for Science: Mummies, whiskey and capturing CO2

Presentation | August 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 Tom Osborn Popp, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley; Jeremy Nowak, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley


No tickets Required!
Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by two chemists.

The audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion with our speakers. Arrive at 6:30 pm and enjoy a variety of pinball machines, science trivia, home-roasted coffees and select beers. Talk begins at 7 pm.

Can We Stop Emitting CO2 While Still Using Fossil Fuels for Energy?
-- by Tom Osborn Popp --
As humans continue to emit CO2 from our power plants and vehicles, the global average temperature continues to rise. Our dependence on fossil fuels is causing this change in our climate, but we might be too dependent on these fuels to be able to switch to cleaner energy sources in time to stop it. Luckily, researchers are currently developing a process called Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), which promises to stop CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel fired power plants. In this talk, I will explain exactly how we can achieve this, and how it takes a combination of chemistry, engineering, geology, and economics to realize this goal.

Whiskey, Mummies, and Oil Spills: How One Technique Unites Them All
-- by Jeremy Nowak --
Whiskey can taste pretty good, mummies are cool when they’re not rising from the grave, and oil spills can wreak havoc on ecosystems. While seemingly different, scientists use one analytical technique called mass spectrometry to understand the flavor profiles of whiskey, what materials were used in mummification, and how petroleum changes in composition after a spill. Come learn how scientists use this amazing technique to understand aspects of environmental monitoring, archaeology, and alcohol!

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 Food and drink available for purchase