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Science and Technology Virtual Seminar Series - Joseph Laureanti
Can our daily lives run on electricity obtained completely from renewable and sustainable energy sources? Do our transportation needs require burning gas and oil? We are working on methods to increase the impact of solar and wind energy by creating simple, clean, and renewable ways to convert excess energy to electricity that we can all use. Learn how we can use biology, chemistry, and even virtual reality to help shape a cleaner future.

Jun 16, 2020 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joseph Laureanti
Staff Scientist @PNNL
Dr. Laureanti received his B.S. (2012) in Biochemistry and Ph.D. (2017) in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. During his Ph.D. studies he was funded by a National Science Foundation program, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship – Solar Utilization Network (IGERT-SUN) focused on solar energy utilization. He joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2017 as a post-doctoral research assistant, focusing on investigation of outer coordination sphere effects on molecular catalysts and the design of artificial metalloenzymes to store energy in chemical bonds. He became a staff scientist at PNNL in 2019. His research interests include studies of energy relevant chemistries with emphasis on the design of transition-metal based molecular catalysts and artificial metalloenzymes for CO2 activation. He also focuses on developing virtual reality tools for research and teaching applications.