Clean energy pioneer brings lab to Harvard

first_imgDaniel G. Nocera, a chemist whose work is focused on developing inexpensive new energy sources for the poor of the world now living with nothing more than fire light, has been appointed the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, today announced.Perhaps best known for having invented an “artificial leaf” that directly converts sunlight and water into a chemical fuel that can be stored, Nocera will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard, in addition to conducting research.“With his interdisciplinary expertise in fields related to energy synthesis, and his dedication to using that expertise to improving the lives of billions of people around the world, Dan Nocera is the kind of scientist and humanitarian who exemplifies Harvard’s contributions to society,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Currently, Nocera is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the director of MIT’s Solar Revolutions Project and its Eni Solar Frontiers Center. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.A pioneer in the study of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry, Nocera said he was attracted to Harvard because “it’s not enough to just invent something; you need the wide interdisciplinary reach and focus of Harvard to fulfill the vision of bringing something to the entire world.“President Faust’s vision of one Harvard — linking a laboratory in Chemistry and Chemical Biology with the international expertise available at the Kennedy School, insights from the Law School, [and] the experts at the School of Public Health — can make it possible to fulfill my goal of bringing the poor of the world their first 100 watts of energy. And if I can do that, I can, along with Harvard, literally change the world in a profound way for the better,” Nocera said.A graduate of Rutgers University, Nocera earned his doctorate at the California Institute of Technology and taught at Michigan State University before joining the MIT faculty in 1997. He has published more than 325 papers and earned numerous awards, including the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.last_img read more

PSG Unveils Mbappe, Says Nothing to Hide in its Transfer Deals

first_imgAnd he said the lure of returning to the city where he grew up – rather than the riches of the club’s Qatari owners – was the key.Mbappe, who will wear the No29 shirt, said: “Whether it is one euro or 180million euros it doesn’t matter to me.“I didn’t pay it and I don’t pocket it.“It’s a great pleasure to join one of the biggest clubs in the world.“Back in May, I was in the frame of mind that I would stay with Monaco. Certain events changed my mind.“It was important not to leave France. It was important to return to the city where I grew up.”Having burst onto the scene last season with 26 goals in all competitions for Leonardo Jardim’s side, Mbappe wants to go on to bigger and better things in the French capital.“I want to do even better than last season,” he said as he was presented to the media on Wednesday.“I am driven by the desire to win everything.”Fans in the street outside lit flares to welcome their new signing, who follows the £198m capture of Brazilian superstar Neymar.PSG Qatari President Nasser Al-Khelaifi told reporters that Mbappe’s move has nothing to do with money.He said: “We met with Mbappe’s family three times and not once did we talk about money.“He’s not interested in money.”Mbappe admitted he cannot wait to team up with Neymar in the French side’s new forward line but said it was only one of the appeals.“He is an additional advantage,” Mbappe said.“It is extraordinary to play with him. However I came for the project.”Paris St Germain insists the club has carried out its record summer transfers in complete transparency and “has nothing to hide”, the French club’s president said yesterday.Europe’s governing soccer body UEFA has placed PSG under investigation to see if their spending spree had broken financial fair-play rules.“We’re very confident in our position, in our recruitment,” club Al-Khelaifi told reporters yesterday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has admitted that he snubbed Real Madrid because he wanted to return to his home city Paris.The striker was unveiled yesterday by Paris Saint-Germain after his loan move from Monaco ahead of an amazing £166m move next summer.The 18-year-old’s wages are set to jump from £15,750 a week to a staggering £140,000.last_img read more