Physics Colloquium Series: Professor Carlos Wexler
(Physics Lecture Series) University of Missouri, Department of Physics and Astronomy
“Nanoporous materials for hydrogen and natural gas storage: observation of adsorption-induced structural changes via in situ neutron scattering”
The search for cleaner alternatives to gasoline or diesel to power automobiles is one of the great challenges of the XXI century. Although battery-powered vehicles are very promising options, the use of hydrogen or natural gas may be advantageous by offering much faster fill-up times and longer driving range; efforts to roll out these system being hindered by difficulties storing gases at sufficiently high densities. In this presentation, I will talk about the nature of various types of materials, focusing on the processes at the atomic and molecular scales. The focus of this talk will be our investigations on whether these porous solids have structural changes during adsorption. Comparison of the experimental findings with molecular dynamics simulations provide insight into the development of new materials optimized for gas storage or other applications.
All colloquia will be held in Moulton Hall, Room 214 at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served 10 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room. Moulton Hall is located on School Street in Normal, south of the College Avenue intersection. For more information, or if you need an accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the Physics Department at (309) 438-8756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.