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PERSPECTIVES IN CHEMISTRY AND COMMUNITY
March 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm MST
PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY SPRING HYBRID SEMINAR SERIES
PERSPECTIVES IN CHEMISTRY AND COMMUNITY
MARCH 7, 2023
Topic: PERSPECTIVES IN CHEMISTRY AND COMMUNITY
SPEAKER: PAYNE INSTITUTE FACULTY FELLOW DR. RYAN RICHARDS, PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY, COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Hosted by: MINES DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
Time: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2023 | OPEN HOUSE 3:30PM, PROGRAM 4:00PM MT
LIVE: BEN F. PARKER STUDENT CENTER, GRAND BALLROOMS, COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, 1200 16th Street, Golden, CO 80401 (MAP)
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Please join the Mines Distinguished Lecture Series at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Dr. Ryan Richards, Professor of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, presenting a hybrid seminar titled Perspectives in Chemistry and Community on Wednesday, March 7, 2023 at 3:30pm MT in the Ben F. Parker Student Center, Grand Ballrooms, Colorado School of Mines, 1200 16th Street, Golden, CO 80401 or virtually via Zoom.
Mines is a unique university in a particularly rich collaborative ecosystem with numerous partners in national labs, education (preschool to higher ed), industry and a broader community embracing sustainability and knowledge. Here, I will discuss perspectives on the multiple roles of chemistry (research, teaching, mentoring, and service) in this ecosystem and beyond.
Addressing grand challenges in energy and sustainability requires scientists to work closely with researchers across all disciplines to consider and develop a fundamental understanding of multiple and new perspectives. From chemistry, we need new materials with new properties composed of non-toxic and abundantly available resources (earth abundant elements). The toolbox to imparting new properties to matter includes our ability to synthesize new compositions of matter with controlled size, morphology (shape) and surfaces. Breakthroughs from our group have demonstrated earth abundant materials tailored on the nanoscale possess unique properties for carbon capture, batteries and catalysis including electrocatalytic water splitting that will be highlighted.
Finally, as thought leaders in our community, it is our role to engage broadly and foster the passion for a new generation to bring their diverse perspectives to our global challenges. All of this is built “on the shoulders of giants,” whereby the body of knowledge we have learned from our predecessors allows us to see farther than they, and will allow those we educate and mentor to have new perspectives and see even farther.
Ryan M. Richards is a Professor of Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) both in Golden, Colorado USA. Additionally, Dr. Richards is the Mines lead for the Mines/NREL Nexus which coordinates, facilitates and promotes all joint activities and appointments. Prof. Richards received his BS from Michigan State University, BS Central Michigan University and Phd from Kansas State University. During his Phd studies he was a visiting scientist at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis in Novosibirsk, Russia. From 2000-2002 he was a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany. In 2002 Ryan joined the International University of Bremen where he was promoted to associate professor before moving to Mines in 2007. Prof. Richards has published more than 160 papers, 7 patents and has served as editor/co-editor of 3 nanoscience books. He has received numerous awards throughout his career including being selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (<0.5% members) and 2016 ACS Colorado Section Award. Prof. Richards has been elected by his peers into numerous positions including: Co-Chair of 2017 NAM of the North American Catalysis Society (the largest catalysis conference in North America); 2011 ACS Chair of Nanoscience; 2012 Chair Colorado Section of ACS; ACS Nanoscience Programming Chair 2011-2015; ACS International Affairs Committee 2021-present (ACS liason to Nigeria and South Africa); VIPEr Fellow (inorganic chemistry pedagogy) 2020-present.