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Cafe looks at clean, green energy

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 11:54 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Good news for people who want to keep the environment clean, but don’t have time to put on hip waders and restore wetlands and prairies: materials scientists are creating cleaner, greener products that can help you help the planet.

Join Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, when the popular STEM Cafe series explores ways that materials science is making our world cleaner. “Making Stuff Cleaner” will take place at Cabana Charley’s, 1470 S. Peace Road in Sycamore.

STEM Cafes are fun, casual events that offer adults an opportunity to eat, drink and chat with scientists about the latest breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These monthly events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

At November’s talk, Dr. Petr Vanysek will speak on the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and alternative ways to generate, store and distribute energy for a sustainable future.

Vanysek is a professor in NIU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry with research interests in using energy more efficiently and converting fuel to energy in a much cleaner way. He will talk about the latest developments in biofuels and lead the audience in a discussion on how our energy choices impact the environment and economy.

Those who missed the last STEM Cafe, “Making Stuff Stronger,” can attend an encore presentation in Geneva at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27. STEM Cafe will explore new advancements in engineering and materials science with Dr. Michael Haji-Sheikh at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant, 1702 Commons Drive in the Geneva Commons.

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